Accessibility links

The Cold Turkey Wasn't Enough

A Serbian Orthodox priest was removed as head of a church-backed drug rehabilitation center Wednesday, after a video broadcast on national television showed him beating a patient with a shovel.

Bishop Artemije said he removed Branislav Peranovic from his job leading the Crna Reka center in southern Serbia.

The bishop said the center would be closed if beatings recur, but he stopped short of shutting it down immediately as Serbian Orthodox Church leaders had demanded.

-- Luke Allnutt

About This Blog

Written by RFE/RL editors and correspondents, Transmission serves up news, comment, and the odd silly dictator story. While our primary concern is with foreign policy, Transmission is also a place for the ideas -- some serious, some irreverent -- that bubble up from our bureaus. The name recognizes RFE/RL's role as a surrogate broadcaster to places without free media. You can write us at