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Jehovah's Witnesses in the Media

Translation: Вести – 20th October 2018

Вести – 20th October 2018


Kerch murderer was surrounded by adepts of totalitarian sects.

Psychologists are now looking for the roots of the Kerch tragedy in the childhood of Vladislav Roslyakov. According to the teachers, the child was literally limited in everything, including communication with peers. The mother, an activist of the Jehovah’s Witnesses sect (banned in Russia), forced her son to live by the rules of a banned organization. People who managed to escape from there are now posting on their pages in social networks condolences to the families of the victims and assure that everything that happened is the consequences of a pseudo-religious upbringing.

The so-called prayer house of “Jehovah’s Witnesses” (banned in Russia) in Kerch is located at this address. A small one-story building, lost among the private sector in the alleys of the city. Apparently, the sectarians have not held their meetings here for a long time. The territory was fairly overgrown with shrubs, and the castle on the gate was already rusted.

Desolation and inside the gathering place of Jehovists. Rooms with only a couple of hangers and a pseudo-religious poster. But with the closure of the only den of sectarians, about which you can find information in open sources, the case of Jehovah’s Witnesses did not cease to live in the city, it just went underground.

Among the supporters of the banned organization was the mother of Vladislav Roslyakov, the one who arranged the shooting at the Polytechnic College, Galina. This is confirmed by those who lived next to her.

“Faith is not ours, some kind of American one. I can’t say exactly, I know that it’s not ours. They met somewhere, went somewhere,” said Alexey, a neighbor of Galina Roslyakova.

“I came out, religious books were burning there. He still put them out. The books of the sectarians. And they say that his mother was part of this sect. They burned early in the morning, on the day of the tragedy,” said Galina Roslyakova, Lyubov Kasperova.

A single mother, who worked as a nurse in the oncologic dispensary, who was probably dreaming about something better, was an easy victim for Jehovah’s Witnesses. They say that even several times she took her son to the meetings.

This is what Sergey Marchenko, one of the former adherents of the sect, tells about the methods of processing beginners.

“They affect the human psyche. First, the world is shown in such colors that the whole world is cruel, but here is the other side. And on this side, you can find an eternal future, some kind of happiness,” he says.

“Jehovah’s Witnesses” and similar organizations flourished on the peninsula in a violent color even under Ukraine. Kerch was no exception. When Crimea became Russian, funding stopped, adherents went underground, but relations with the head organizations in the Square did not disappear.

“They consider themselves to be citizens of a single theocratic state and, accordingly, they can fight only for their state, which is not on Earth yet, but that when Jehovah’s army descends from the sky, then destruction will begin. They emphasize that they are not pacifists,” explains Alexander Dvorkin, an expert on contemporary religious sectarianism.

In Ukraine, “witnesses” and to this day feel at ease. Several units in large cities, including in the capital. At one time it was the same in Kerch. As it turns out, offices of various sects literally surrounded Vladislav Roslyakov, in the truest sense of the word.

This building with white columns is the district house of culture. Not long ago, followers of one of the destructive sects rented a room here. And across the road from him is the same Polytechnic College, where Roslyakov studied and where he came to kill.

The den of the sectarians was not only near the place of study Roslyakov. From the house where he lived with his mother, just a few steps to another branch of the pseudo-religious organization.

There were two of them at once – the church of the “Christians of the Evangelical Faith, the Bread of Life” (banned in Russia) and a certain “Methodist church” (banned in Russia). Now there are only signs left, there is a castle on the door, the building is empty.

“I was amazed how much the city of Kerch was embraced by this movement and of various kinds, different. And I suspect that they attracted, they went home, carried literature, handed out for free, let’s say, so very gently laid,” Archpriest Valentin says.

Prayer for the peace of those who died in the tragedy of Kerch today is also offered up in this Orthodox church of Myrrh-Bearers. He is just opposite the Polytechnic College. His father Father Superior, one of the first, rushed to the aid of the wounded; he himself took them to hospitals. The abbot says that if Vladislav Roslyakov fell under the influence of Jehovah’s Witnesses, then the sectarians could put the most terrible thoughts into his head.

“You see, peers do not perceive you, they do not see you as a leader. You show them. They don’t want to see you as you are, but do so that they will remember you for a long time,” ponders Archpriest Valentin.

Roslyakov’s connections with various destructive sects are probably already checked by the investigators. But official statements on this matter yet. If the young man really was an adherent of one of such organizations, then the case of the Kerch tragedy can take a completely different turn.

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