Moscow, February 29,
Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church is concerned with the future of Orthodox
shrines in Kosovo as the region unilaterally declared its independence.
When asked by the Vesti TV channel if there is a danger to lose them in
result of Kosovo's independence, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for
External Church Relations Metropolitan Kirill said: "Sure, there is such a
Unknown perpetrators have written threatening graffiti of neo-nazi and ustasha contents on the Orthodox Diocese in Sibenik (Croatia).
Threatening messages such as "Hang the Serbs'', "NDH ''(Nezavisna Drzava Hrvatska = Independent State of Croatia during WWII, translator's note), "Vukovar'', as well as the letter "U'' (for ustasha, t. n.) and swastikas appeared on approx. 10 meters of the stone wall located in front of the Diocese's yard.
The Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr. Dmitry Medvedev, and the Minsiter of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergej Lavrov, are on an official vist to Serbia. In the afternoon, Mr. Medvedev visited the Church of Saint Sava on the Vracar Plateau.
The Church of Saint Sava’s official web presentation site refers to Mr. Medvedev’s stressing that the Russian high ranking delegation’s visit to Serbia shows Russia’s wish to support Serbia, not only politically and spiritually, but economically, as well.
Metropolitan Christopher, Primate of the Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, sent a letter of support to His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle and to the Serbian people, in view of the unilateral proclamation of independence of the Kosovo province. His Beatidute, Metropolitan Christopher, wrote:
“Your Holiness, allow me to express my support in these days of agony the Serbian Orthodox Church as well as the entire Serbian people are passing through.
According to a statement released to Tanjug, Mr. Vladimir Todorovic, Head of the Serbian Government Directorate for Property Restitution, the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren will soon be delivered a decision on the restitution of 5,300 hectares of land it had been deprived of by the agrarian reforms and the nationalization in 1945. He explained that, in order to have the ownership registered, the requests for the implementation of the final and enforceable decisions should be filed by the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren to the competent local authorities, i.e.land registers located in all municipalities of Kosovo and Metohia.
Flames issuing from the U.S. embassy in Belgrade on Thursday underscored the mounting rage in Serbia over Kosovo's Western-backed declaration of independence. The embassy was unguarded when several hundred demonstrators attacked, following a protest rally by hundreds of thousands of protesters. At that larger rally, held earlier, the sharp divisions that typify Serbian politics were nowhere to be seen, as leaders from across the spectrum united in a massive show of force to protest Kosovo's secession from Serbia. As banners bearing messages such as "Kosovo is Serbia" were hoisted, the country's leading politicians were joined by the likes of filmmaker Emir Kusturica. Even Australian open tennis champion Novak Djokovic beamed his support via video link.