Police Charge Man With Hate Crimes After Russian-Calgarians Threatened

CALGARY – The Calgary Police Department says a man accused of threatening the staff and congregation of a Russian Orthodox church has been charged with hate crimes.

Police say the suspect targeted All Saints Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday because of his Russian heritage.

On the same day, police say they received four more reports of threats and harassment against Russian-Calgarians.

Police said they investigated all reports and found them to be related.

Christopher Duchaine, 36, has been charged with five counts of criminal harassment.

const. Matt Messenger of the Police Hate Crimes and Extremism Team says all five reports were deemed hate crimes.

« We want to make it clear that hate crimes of any kind will not be tolerated in our city, » Messenger said in a statement Thursday.

« We take these incidents seriously and recognize that hate crimes have negative effects on victims and, in these cases, have left victims feeling unsafe. »

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 13, 2022


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