Orthodox Believers Clash at Church

The followers of a Russian Orthodox bishop critical of the church's policies clashed Tuesday with members of the Orthodox Christian branch of the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi at the Christ the Savior Cathedral.

There was a second altercation later outside the nearby Kropotkinskaya metro station between Nashi members and the followers of Bishop Diomid of Chukotka, who has accused the church of being too ecumenicist and aiding the government.

Diomid's followers had been protesting outside the cathedral since the morning when, at around 1 p.m., Nashi members approached and the altercation occurred, Interfax reported. During the melee, protesters hit Nashi members with icons while screaming "yids," said members of the Union of Orthodox Citizens, whose members were also present.

Police eventually moved in, and three of Diomid's followers were detained.