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  • 1. Teaching  Ministries  Interna onal PO  Box  1483 Snellville,  GA  30078 770-972-2205  USA georges.carillet@gmail.com lbcarillet@gmail.com  (LaVerne) March  14,  2014       Simferopol Crimea Ukraine The  CIU  Center Pray  for  this  mee ng/protest  in  Simferopol! March  15,  2014  in  Simferopol  at  12:00   in  the  Taras  Shevchenko  Park Rally  for: 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  ).
  • 2. 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   should  go.   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. In  Christ, Andrei  and  Anya