By Walid Shoebat
Andrey Karlov was martyred and by God’s grace, he laid extending his arms with the sign of the cross and his right hand had his thumb, index and middle finger were brought to a point symbolizing the Trinity in Orthodox fashion.
The Muslim who killed him was cowardly. He shot him in the back, in front of cameras, in front of reporters, visitors, and his wife, Marina Mikhailovna.
Karlov was a solid Christian. He was fluent in Korean and English, first entered the diplomatic service in 1976 aged 22 after graduating from MGIMO – the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. The student of international and economic relations went on to graduate from the Ministry of Internal Affairs diplomatic academy in 1992. He went on to become ambassador to North Korea from June 2001 to December 2006. While there, he made sure an Orthodox Church was established for Russian expats to worship and he himself got married in it.
There are only four state-sanctioned Christian churches in Pyongyang – two Protestant, one Catholic and one Russian Orthodox. The latter was his deed.
Alexander Matsegora, the current Russian ambassador to North Korea, paid an emotional tribute to his predecessor on Tuesday in a Facebook post from Pyongyang.
He wrote: ‘My friend Andrey Karlov has died. In a cowardly way, he was shot in the back. He was killed under the cameras and I saw his face distorted from pain at the moment of the shot.
‘On TV we heard that he was injured and in hospital. Together with my wife Tanya, we sent a text message to his wife Marina who was also present at the opening of this damned exhibition. We told her to be strong.
‘And she replied: “Andrey was killed in front of my eyes, he was lying on the floor and this [gun]man did not allow us to come up to him.”’
He added: ‘Farewell, Andrey. I promise that on the day when you go into the ground, the bells of the Orthodox Trinity church in Pyongyang – that you built and where you married Marina – will speak.
‘Farewell, my best friend, my brother, my dear comrade.’