On September 15, a service was held on at the Church of St. Nicholas Naberezhny in Podil, Kyiv, in memory of the slain journalist Georgy Gongadze and all the murdered Ukrainian journalists.
The liturgy for the late journalists was served by the church rector, OCU Archpriest Stefan Yaremchuk, LB.ua reports.
Colleagues, friends of Georgy Gongadze and other city residents attended the service.
“During his lifetime, Georgy Gongadze was a parishioner of the Church of St. Nicholas Naberezhny, in Podil. In this church, he often attended services and baptized his two daughters,” the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine said.
Georgy Gongadze, who was brutally murdered in 2000, was also buried in the said church.
Since 2007, on the third Friday in September, Ukraine has been marking Day of Remembrance of Ukrainian journalists who “died in the line of duty.”
Gongadze was abducted on the night of September 17, 2000. In November of the same year, the journalist’s decapitated body was found in the Tarashcha Forest, 70 kilometers from Kyiv. His remains were buried only in the spring of 2016.