Itar-Tass news agency said two of the monks at Svyato-Vvedensky monastery, near Kaluga in central Russia, were stabbed in front of a belfry where they were about to ring bells for an Orthodox Easter service. The third was apparently murdered as the attacker made his escape. Police, who found a short, home-made sword at the scene, arrested a tramp who had a criminal record and had undergone psychiatric treatment. He had once lived in the monastery but was expelled for breaking its rules.
Three monks were murdered in a Russian monastery during Easter celebrations, Reuter reports from Moscow.