Georgian patriarchate official detained for plotting to poison Ilia II. Prosecutors in the Caucasus nation said they caught archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze with sodium cyanide on February 10 as he boarded a plane to Berlin, where Patriarch Ilia II was awaiting a gallbladder operation. http://www.theborneopost.com/2017/02/14/alleged-murder-plot-shakes-georgian-orthodox-church/ As yet, it’s known that the operation was successfully completed. Thanks to medics, and Glory to God! http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/101011.htm
It’s worth noting that a day before the Mamaladze’s arrest, on February 9, 2017, self-proclaimed Abkhazian Orthodox Church sent a letter to the the Ecumenical Patriarch.
The Council of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia unanimously adopts all of the above documents and recommends these documents to the Orthodox Christians who make up the flock of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia as mandatory for fulfilment. At the same time, the Council of the Holy Metropolis of Abkhazia considers that the document on autonomy and the manner of its proclamation are not applicable in respect of the Orthodox flock of the Republic of Abkhazia. The document also claims that the refusal of the Georgian Orthodox Church to participate in the Holy and Great Council, as well as its refusal to sign a document on the sacrament of Matrimony and the obstacles to it, demonstrated the dominance of the heresy of ethnophyletism in the Georgian Church. https://panorthodoxcemes.blogspot.com/2017/02/letter-of-of-self-proclaimed-abkhazian.html
So was it just a coincidence? Or perhaps it was an attempt to provoke discussion and thus “ventilate a question” about the possible successor of His Holiness?