Now the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia has also cut ties to the Constantinople Patriarchate

The Bishops’ Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) announced on October 19 that it, too, is suspending Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople because of its plans to grant autocephaly (independence) to a new unified Ukrainian church. The ROCOR says it won’t re-establish ties to Constantinople until it “ceases its lawlessness.”

Brawn vs. brains. The Russian National Guard director’s failed quest to beat up Alexey Navalny: a chronology

In early September, the head of Russia’s National Guard (a former Putin bodyguard named Viktor Zolotov) challenged anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny to a “duel,” promising to “make mincemeat of him.” In jail at the time, Navalny responded only in mid-October, offering to meet Zolotov in a debate, instead of the ring. A day later, Zolotov expressed his disappointment, saying he had “something else” in mind. Meduza reviews the course of events that led us here.

The Real Russia. Today. Meduza reports from the site of a major school shooting in Crimea, Navalny accepts Zolotov’s ‘duel’ challenge, and Putin talks heaven and nuclear war

Shortly before noon on October 17, an eighteen-year-old student at Kerch Polytechnic College in eastern Crimea detonated a homemade bomb in the school’s lunchroom. Vladislav Roslyakov then roamed the building, shooting everyone he could from a legally purchased hunting rifle. Roslyakov murdered five teachers and 15 students — a list of the victims’ names was made public on October 18 — before turning the gun on himself. Meduza special correspondent Irina Kravtsova traveled to Kerch, to find out how this small Crimean city is weathering the aftermath of the massacre.

‘How were we supposed to know what was in his head?’. Life in Kerch, a day after a school massacre rocked the city

Shortly before noon on October 17, an eighteen-year-old student at Kerch Polytechnic College in eastern Crimea detonated a homemade bomb in the school’s lunchroom. Vladislav Roslyakov then roamed the building, shooting everyone he could from a legally purchased hunting rifle. Roslyakov murdered five teachers and 15 students — a list of the victims’ names was made public on October 18 — before turning the gun on himself. Meduza special correspondent Irina Kravtsova traveled to Kerch, to find out how this small Crimean city is weathering the aftermath of the massacre.

Someone sent a severed goat’s head and a threatening note to a Russian independent newspaper

Someone wants to scare the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. On October 18, a basket appeared outside the paper’s newsroom. Inside was a severed goat’s head and a note reading, “To Novaya Gazeta’s chief editor. Greetings to you and Korotkov!” A day earlier, a funeral wreath was delivered to the office, attached to a note that said, “Denis Korotkov is a traitor to the Motherland.”

Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service refuses to apologize for beating, raping, and forcing inmates to build cottages for some officials

Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) has refused to issue an apology to inmates at prisons and pretrial detention facilities in Orenburg, where prisoners have endured serious abuse by guards. In a letter to FSIN deputy director Valery Maximenko, Timur Rakhmatulin (who heads the Orenburg branch of the “Committee Against Torture”) asked for a formal apology to the abused inmates, after Maximenko personally apologized to Evgeny Makarov, an inmate tortured at a Yaroslavl prison.

Navalny accepts National Guard director’s ‘duel’ challenge, but the latter says his timing is ‘disgraceful’

Anti-corruption activist and opposition politician Alexey Navalny has accepted the “duel challenge” from National Guard director Viktor Zolotov, but the latter’s spokesman is not happy. “I think it’s blasphemy. It’s self-promotion on people’s bones. It’s really beyond the pale,” Valery Gribakin, one of Zolotov’s advisers, told the radio station Govorit Moskva, adding that Zolotov hasn’t seen “Navalny’s latest opus” and doesn’t plan to watch it.

Unanswered questions about Crimea’s college massacre

Around noon on October 17, eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov opened fire on his classmates and instructors at Kerch Polytechnic College in eastern Crimea. He shot and killed 18 people and then turned his gun on himself. As federal investigators try to make sense of the tragedy, there are still many unanswered questions about this school massacre. Meduza reviews the biggest questions still unanswered on day one.