Teaching Ministries Interna onal
PO Box 1483
Snellville, GA 30078
March 14, 2014
The CIU Center
Pray for this mee ng/protest in Simferopol!
March 15, 2014 in Simferopol at 12:00
in the Taras Shevchenko Park
Freedom of Speech
Release of the kidnapped
Freedom from occupa on
Boyco of the referendum
Tomorrow is the day when we should all go out.
From: Anna Goryainova
(CIU grad and former staﬀ, parent of 9)
Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:23 PM
Many of our friends here have le or plan to leave the
Crimea. The Consulates of diﬀerent countries in Ukraine
recommend their ci zens leave the Crimea. May it be a
typical procedure or do the Consulates have some infor-‐
ma on about real danger? We do not know.
Two days ago the editor of the main city newspaper wrote
and published an ar cle about the Russian occupa on of
the Crimea. For this he was pressed by the city oﬃcials
and later some pro-Russian ac vists blocked him in his
oﬃce and threatened him. He managed to escape, yet
they called him a traitor of the Crimea and promised to
get even later. There are reports about similar events in
other places. The new Crimean government supports pro-
Russian ac vists and their slogans and ac ons against pro-
Ukrainian ac vists and ci zens.
Andrei and Anya and kids
Vadim Provozyuk (CIU grad, pastor)
March 13, 2014
Hey, sorry I wasn't in touch lately. We are s ll in Crimea
wai ng to see what is going to happen a er the referen-‐
dum. I am working everyday with French journalists. This
way I am on top of things.
People keep protes ng against the referendum, Rus-‐
sians keep oppressing peaceful demonstra ons... The
only propaganda we have is in favor of Russia. Pray for
an open way out in case we have to leave soon.
Interpreters in Crimea. Journalists are welcome.
Sergei Korniyenko (CIU grad & former staﬀ)
March 13, 2014
Yesterday I was working with journalists in Yalta.
Around 4 PM there was a demonstra on suppor ng
Ukrainian Unity. Out of nowhere young guys came
with Russian ﬂags. People clashed shou ng what they
support - Russia! Ukraine!
The young guys decided to take the Ukrainian stage.
They made their way up, pushing people, ﬁgh ng,
tearing up Ukrainian ﬂags, etc. On the opposite side
of the square a gang of bikers appeared and started
surrounding pro-Ukrainian demonstrators. There was
nothing else to do but to stop the demonstra on and
leave the square.
One of pro-Russian men tried to steal a reporter's
recorder (it was the same guy who hits the reporters
camera on the video -
h p://youtu.be/5QaddUPaK64 ).
From: Anna Goryainova (CIU grad and former staﬀ, parent of 9)
Date: Tue, Mar 13, 2014
We would like to ask you to pray for the Lord to give clear understanding of His will for our family and what direc on we
The situa on is as follows.
1. The Crimea is ﬂooded with Russian troops, in fact, it is occupied. There is no sense in talking about the free choice of
the Crimeans. There is no choice. What we see and hear is that Russia has already taken over the Crimea and it already
IS a part of Russian Federa on.
2. As long as we had the chance, we both took part in mee ngs and events against the Russian intrusion and for a united
Ukraine. Andrei is actually one of the ac vists of the Crimea Euromaydan organiza on. You could see our posts on Fa-‐
cebook. Recently there have been many cases of kidnapping and hur ng of the pro-Ukrainian ac vists in the Crimea.
The most terrible thing is that the Kremlin propaganda is working against any pro-Ukrainian expression - - be it a ﬂag of
Ukraine, or words in Ukrainian, or any sympathy to Maydan or Ukrainian’s new government. This mood is everywhere,
even among the children. Our Sergei expressed his nega ve a tude to Russian troops being in the Crimea and he was
insulted by his group mates. The new Crimean pro-Russian government has been ﬁring all the authori es or clerks who
do not support the Russian occupa on. The local city government right away put Russian ﬂags all around Yevpatoria
and said it was ready to serve Pu n because it had always hated all Ukrainians. The Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox
church in the Crimea expressed his concern for the safety of Ukrainians in the Crimea.
3. A few days ago we saw the vice-mayor of Yevpatoria and talked to him. What he told is that those who had stolen the
building from Mulberry was not going to return it.
4. It was announced that right a er the so-called referendum, all those who live and are registered in the Crimea will be
oﬀered either to accept Russian ci zenship and get new passports or to leave the Crimea.
So, we do not have a place to go to and we do not have a place to stay in here. Moreover, we do not want to live in the to-‐
tally totalitarian state of Russia in which human rights are violated as well as the rights of believers (you may know that
since last year the Russian state allows and recognizes only oﬃcial religions and evangelicals are not considered having an
oﬃcial religion.) We do not want our sons to be in the army which is obligatory in Russia, and Russia is always involved in
conﬂicts and they seem to have no respect for soldiers' lives.
We understand this is a very emo onal le er and we hope you understand the situa on we are in. We do know the Lord
has a plan for us but for now we do not see it, maybe due to our anxiety and fears.
People keep on leaving the Crimea. We know several church pastors le and some sent their families away. Today, several
of our friends, including a representa ve of the Protec on of Human Rights Founda on, contacted us and recommended
we should start collec ng documents, so that a er the referendum, when and if Russia oﬃcially recognizes the Crimea to
be a part of Russia, we could seek poli cal asylum.
Please, join us in prayer for God's guidance and clear vision for our family.
Andrei and Anya