|Archpriest Vladimir MORETSKY, Abbot of Saint Nicholas, Lugansk. Screen capture from video at TVZvezda|
TVZvezda, September 16, 2014
Translated from Russian by Tom Winter, March 9, 2016
Lugansk Archpriest Vladimir Moretskiy, recently freed from Ukrainian captivity, related the conditions that he and his companions endured in captivity. According to the priest, they were brutally tortured.
“To say that they beat us would be saying nothing. They killed us. They shot us. They hit us not just with hands and feet, but with rifle butts and with anything at hand,” said the liberated priest.
He added that Nadezhda Savchenko, who is currently under arrest in Russian Voronezh,”especially distinguished herself.” “She personally threatened to turn over all of our group for organ-harvesting for the money. When the others didn’t agree to hand over our bodies for organ-harvesting, she threatened to shoot us, not to waste the expense of delivering us to the SBU.
He added that “she personally was trying to destroy us in any way possible and personally took part in the sadistic outbursts, and beat us with various excuses. To the end of my days, I will never forget that voice of hers,” said Archpriest Vladimir.
He said that in the torture sessions they tied their hands behind their back. Then they stood the men face to the wall then started the drubbing.
Archpriest Vladimir Moretsky was taken into Ukrainian captivity in May, 2014. They accused him of belonging to a terrorist group on the territory of Ukraine. In June, word of his release showed up in various media, but it later emerged that the abbot was still in captivity. The actual release was just a few days ago.