The monument to Tsar Nicholas II and his family in front of the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg
Ekaterinburg's Church on the Blood has been vandalized for the second time, in less than a month.
The latest act took place on the night of May 16th, in which vandals plastered posters containing offensive language against the Russian Orthodox Church on the cathedral.
A prior act of vandalsim took place on April 25th (Easter night), whereby a six-foot image of Jesus Christ was erected opposite the church. The lifesize black and white image depicted Christ with his hands raised to Heaven while making an obscene gesture with his middle index finger.
A shocking and disrespectful act of vandalism
Several days later, Evil, a local anti-religion group claimed responsibility after posting a video on the internet. The cowardly vandals covered their faces in the video for anonymity.
These shocking and disrespectful acts of violence have outraged the citizens of Ekaterinburg, members of the church, and monarchists across Russia. Police are still investigating the video along with tips provided by the public, with an arrest expected any day.
The Church on the Blood was built on the site of the former Ipatiev House, where Tsar Nicholas II, along with his family and four faithful retainers were all murdered on July 17, 1918.
© Royal Russia. 16 June, 2011