In the Vladimir region near the village of Mishino motorists found a donkey frozen in a roadside snowdrift. The animal had apparently been thrown out into the street while still alive, having been given one last hay to chew on.
Locals identified the dead donkey as Moses from the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery. The publication “Podyem” contacted the head of the press service of the Murom diocese, Father Artemy. He marveled that people inflate the news from an insignificant event, recalling the ongoing Christmas fast:
“I wish people would go to church, but it turns out that they are more worried about dead animals than about the fact that there is a Christmas fast.”
The Orthodox spokesman also gave his version of events. According to him, the donkey died of old age back in the monastery, and the man who took the animal for disposal, his car broke down on the way. The driver was forced to leave the corpse near the road.
We should add that, judging by the photo, the donkey left in the cold must have risen for a while to assume the pose of a frozen animal. The driver, according to the priest’s version, anticipating a pre-Christmas miracle, left the donkey some hay, which the animal put in its mouth and thus went to the next world.
“Podyem” talked to eyewitnesses who also pointed out the discrepancy between the words of the orthodox press secretary and reality. According to those who found the donkey, the animal had spent two days in a snowdrift trying to get out before it died. Moreover, the version of death “from old age” is also not confirmed. The donkey was only five years old.
In a comment to the radio station “Moscow Says”, the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Ecology Vladimir Burmatov announced the intention to take other animals from the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery to give them to a shelter. It is known that there are ducks, peacocks and pheasants at the monastery.
“It seems to me, it certainly does not beautify anyone,” commented the Duma deputy chairman on the treatment of the Orthodox ministers with the animals.
Activists of the regional branch of the organization “Atheists of Russia” sent an appeal to the Investigative Committee with a request to check whether in the actions of the leadership of the monastery there was no corpus delicti under the criminal article on cruel treatment of animals, committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy.