I saw this piece in RUSVESNA, alleging that Oleksandr Turchynov’s “Word of Life” Church, is one and the same as the sect (allegedly) responsible for the death of a boy in an upstate New York town.
Here is the basic story, as told by CNN, if one can ever get by the ubiquitous popups and ads. This is a very ugly story, involving the beating death of one teenaged boy, and severe injuries to another.
Fact-checking RUSVESNA’s allegation, I found this piece from the Washington Post, it’s a fluff piece praising Turchynov as a pious Baptist. (In Ukraine, Turchynov is often referred to as “The Pastor”.)
The money quote is this one:
Those past fumbles could spell trouble for the interim president, said Fesenko. Turchynov’s faith — he leads a church called Slovo Zhizni, or “Word of Life” — may be an asset that separates him from the East-West division in the country. But it could become a handicap if the tide of opinion turns against him, too. There are an estimated 135,000 Baptists in the Ukraine out of 45 million people.
Equating Turchynov’s “Word of Life” sect with all 135K Baptists in Ukraine might not be fair, I suspect. But this name of his church does connect Turchynov with the five families in the upstate New York story, who are responsible for the sad and brutal death of that young boy.