October 2, 2023


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Violence has plagued Russian communities in Canada since the start of the war in Ukraine  International

Violence has plagued Russian communities in Canada since the start of the war in Ukraine International

A man picks up trash from a Toronto alley in front of a portrait of Vladimir Putin on Monday.Frank Gunn (AB)

Scene of religious temples being vandalized again in Canada. In recent days, a Russian community center and two Orthodox churches have been painted. Police are investigating whether these abuses took place Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine Can be considered acts of hatred.

On February 26, the entrance to the All Saints Orthodox Church, located in Calgary (Alberta County), was sprayed with red paint. Both Russians and Ukrainians visit this temple frequently. Security cameras captured the person involved in the sabotage. However, she has not yet been identified and the police are seeking the support of the public. According to the police report, “the individual was about 1.70 meters tall, medium body and wore a mask, pants, coat and black shoes.”

The second Orthodox church was painted red early Friday morning. This is the temple of Santa Sofia located in Victoria (the province of British Columbia) and received its door pigment. The police follow several paths. Victoria has cut ties with its sister city of Khabarovsk in Russia in protest of Moscow’s decision to invade Ukrainian soil.

This Saturday, the Russian Community Center, located in Vancouver (British Columbia), was sprayed with blue and yellow paint in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Police investigations are ongoing. Natasha Kovalchuk, a member of the board of directors, told the portal Global News The campus caters to individuals from many countries. “Even if it is a purely Russian company, it would be wrong to attack it for the actions of the Russian government,” he said. “A lot of people I know get angry and want to express that anger at someone, but we are all here,” said Kowalchuk, who has a family in Ukraine.

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The Ukrainian-Canadian Congress Speaking against these facts, he condemned acts of sabotage, violence and persecution against any community. He urged Canadians to report the incident and asked police agencies to fully investigate them. The Ukrainian-Canadian community does not compare Putin and his dictatorial regime to the Russian people. “Furthermore, we express our deepest gratitude to those who boldly condemned Putin’s atrocities and stood in solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” he added.

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According to the last census, about 1.4 million people identified themselves as Canadians of Ukrainian descent. More than 600,000 said they had Russian roots. In the United States, many companies selling goods from Russia have recently been destroyed or threatened. This Sunday, at the gate of the Russian House of Science and Culture in Paris, received a Molotov cocktail.

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