‘Christian Hater’ Faces Trial for Church Bombing

| April 6, 2010

A 28-year-old man who dislikes Christians will soon go on trial on charges of bombing a Russian Orthodox church in the city of Vladimir, located 200 kilometers east of Moscow, prosecutors said Tuesday.

No one was injured when the homemade bomb exploded in the church, situated on the grounds of Vladimir State University, in December. The church was slightly damaged.

Vladimir native Sergei Khlupin has been charged with tossing the bomb into a church window because he harbored an "ideological, ethnic and religious hatred and hostility to social groups of Jewish nationality and Orthodox Christians," the Investigative Committee said in a statement carried by Interfax.

Khlupin also threatened in August to plant a bomb in a Vladimir concert hall where gay pop singer Boris Moiseyev was scheduled to perform, investigators said.

Khlupin has been charged with hooliganism, the illegal production of explosives and inciting hatred. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that they had wrapped up their investigation and sent the case to court. A trial date has not been set.



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