Moscow, November 22, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has condemned the attack on an Orthodox church in Ingushetia.
"True believers, no matter what religion they belong to, always respect other religious and cultural traditions. Only heathens could have done that," Moscow Patriarchate spokesman Archpriest Vladimir Vigilyansky told Interfax-Religion on Monday.
He said that the attackers "wished to drive a wedge between people of different nationalities and religions."
"They keep escalating tensions and inciting local residents," the priest said.
He called the attempts to spark an interreligious feud senseless and said that "Muslims and Orthodox people had always lived together [in the North Caucasus and Russia] and the country had never witnessed interreligious conflicts."
A grenade launcher round was fired at a cupola of an Orthodox church in Orjonikidzevskaya, Ingushetia, in the early morning hours of Monday. The damage was minor. None of the clerics were hurt. Police are investigating the incident and looking for suspects.