30 January 2017, 11:08
Requiem service conducted at Ambassador Karlov's tomb on the 40th day of his death
***The Russian Church hopes wish of the assassinated ambassador to build an Orthodox church in Ankara will be fulfilled
Moscow, January 30, Interfax - Requiem service for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was conducted last Friday, on the 40th day after his death in St. Vladimir Church at the Moscow Region cemetery, where he was buried.
Deputy head of the Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, rector of the church Sergy Kulikov and priest Ilya Boyarsky, who was spiritual father of the ambassador and his widow, conducted the service.
The ambassador's mother, his son and wife, relatives and friends attended the service. Short requiem service was also held at his tomb.
"Andrey Gennadyevich left grateful memory in people's hearts. He achieved not only civil immortality, which means that he occupies memorable place in the Russian history, but also a warm prayer of many people, who knew him personally and those, who did not know him, for the repose of this outstanding person and Christian," Father Nikolay Balashov told Interfax-Religion.
He expressed hope that posthumously Karlov's "ardent wish" to build an Orthodox church at the Russian Embassy in Ankara would be fulfilled.
"He even prepared the project of this church. Today we discussed this topic with his widow Marina Mikhailovna and colleagues from the Foreign Ministry," the priest said.
Karlov was killed in Ankara on December 19, when opening a photo exhibition. According to the Turkish Ministry of Interior, the attacker was 22-year-old policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas. He shot Karlov dead with several shots of a pistol and explained his actions as an opposition to Russian policy in Syria. Russia's Foreign Ministry described his actions as a "terrorist attack." Karlov was posthumously given the dignity of a Hero of Russia.