On 27 March, 2018 on behalf of the clergy and laity of HMA, the Council of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia sent an email message with content of condolences to the Metropolitan of Kemerovo Aristarch in connection with the tragic events happened in the city of Kemerovo (Russian Federation). The content of the email is given below:
“To His Eminence, His Eminence Aristarch, Metropolitan of Kemerovo and Prokopyevsk.
With pain in our hearts, we accepted the tragic news of a fire in the “Winter Cherry” shopping center in the city of Kemerovo, entrusted to you by the Metropolis.
The clergy and flock of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia share your pain and mourn with you, condolences to the families and friends of all those who died in this catastrophe.
We pray together with you, dear father Aristarch, we beg our Lord Jesus Christ and His Most Blessed Mother for the salvation of the souls of the dead victims. We beg Him for the consolation and health of all victims.
We wish You and Your flock peace and prosperity and always to be protected from evil.
God bless you!”
Signatures: Archimandrite Dorotheos (Dbar), Hierodeacon David (Sarsaniya), German Marchand.
On the same day, Hierodeacon David (Sarsaniya), the abbot of the New Athos monastery and the employees of HMA laid flowers at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Abkhazia in memory of the victims of the Kemerovo tragedy.