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USVI FBI Investigation May Be Pending

Accident, Suicide or Foul Play Overboard?


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Russian Cruise Ship Passenger Death
USVI FBI Investigation May Be Pending

Accident, Suicide or Foul Play Overboard?

David Roman Svyatetskiy, 22, was a Russian-American cruise ship passenger who lived in Castle Rock, Colorado. He and his family boarded Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape, which embarked from Miami, Florida on Saturday January 7, for a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruise.

Norwegian Escape called the ports of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas, before returning back to Miami. David Svyatetskiy never saw Miami again, because he was dead. His death leaves many answers to be discovered and conflicting stories as to how David died.

A Gofundme page says, "David Svyatetskiy passed away in a tragic incident." The Miami Coroner's office report by Mark Eiche ruled the death a suicide, as did Virgin Islands Police Criminal Investigation Bureau.

David Roman Svyatetskiy was born on January 26th, 1994 in Neryungri, Russia (Eastern Siberia). When he was 3-years-old, David and his family moved to the United States.

David Svyatetskiy, who spoke Russian as his first language, spoke fluent English as well. He was a graduate of Legend High School in Parker, Colorado. He then attended college at Colorado School of Mines, where he majored in Electrical Engineering. He was on track to graduate in 2018, with a goal of becoming an engineer. He reportedly was an excellent student, with a 4.0 grade point average.

While attending college, he began working in December 2015, as a grocery store clerk for King Soopers in the Denver, Colorado area.

Castle Rock, Colorado has a population of 53,063, of which approximately one percent (530) are part of a close knit Russian ex-patriot community.

David Roman Svyatetskiy's brother, Roman Svyatetskiy, 30, who prefers to post in Russian on social media, leads the family plan for dealing with David's death. Roman Svyatetskiy is a recovering drug addict, who is the head counselor at a non-profit, Bible-based residential rehabilitation drug addiction treatment center. Since the center offers no medical treatment, no license is required. But, the center has a $300 monthly resident fee. For those who can not afford to pay, the fee is covered by doing odd jobs.

The rehab center is known as, "God Will Provide Life Change Center", located in North Highlands, California. The organization has the God Will Provide International Mission, God will Provide Missionary School and God Will Provide Association. The group targets Russian immigrants from their own and other communities across the United States, as part of their drug addiction rehabilitation program.

The God Will Provide "church" website 'About Us' page says, "God Will Provide Global Association is a non-profit organization, which was established in 2004 for the purpose of spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Moved by a burning desire to testify to people about Jesus Christ, we have reached out to many different countries, sharing the Good News of One who died for the sins of this world. What originally began as a small circle of daring hearts with big dreams and an even bigger vision has grown into an international support system, fueled by faith and perseverance. In 2005, the city of Boring, in the state of Oregon, became home to a Christ-based rehabilitation center for men, followed by a rehabilitation center for women, which opened in 2009. God Will Provide International Mission functions as a network through which we connect with people overcome with drug and alcohol addictions, as well as related physical or spiritual struggles. As we arrive to any new country, our plans are to build an orphanages for parentless children in the community."

The God Will Provide International Mission was founded at Boring, Oregon in July of 2005, by the Reverend Peter Nakhaychuk, who is an Ukrainian immigrant. The website "Founder" page outlines why Nakhaychuk founded the organization, " In June of 2014, he received a revelation from God to become involved in spreading the Good News. He took this revelation to his prayer room and started seeking wisdom and understanding of what to do. The vision that he had in his heart for the means of spreading the Gospel did not find a very favorable response from others. But he did not give up, and miraculously Peter met a couple of other brothers who had the same burning desire of serving others. Their mission was to help people stuck in addictions and problems find healing, help, and a personal relationship with Christ."

It is interesting that the website which has an address of God Will Provide International Mission, PO Box 1357, Boring OR 97009 has no tax exempt number on the website, but asks for donations by check, with the checking information inputed online.

God Will Provide is a male only facility; the center has residents who range in age from 18 to 29. They stay at the facility for a period of six to nine months, often followed by a "mission trip".

Roman Svyatetskiy was in drug-entrenched Honduras back in 2014, where he and other Russian missionaries are alleged to have preached to drug addicts, gang members and hit men working for drug cartels.

After his brother's death aboard Norwegian Escape, Roman set up a Gofundme page for his family.

The Russian community, among dozens of other donors, helped out in a big way with the family expenses related to David's death. There were 59 Donors including, Sergey & Natasha Pshichenko ($2000), Peter & Luba Svyatetskiy ($2000), Sergey & Mira Svyatetskiy ($1,000), Yuriy & Tanya Leonchik ($1000), Art Svyatetskiy ($500), Vitaliy & Anastasia Belonozhko ($300), Vera Svyatetskaya ($200), Yevgeniy Shvets ($200), Alla Pozdnyakova ($150), Sergiy, Elena Petrik ($100), Nataliia Kryvko ($100), Ruslan Kovtun ($60), Yelena Prisyazhnyuk ($50), Yekaterina Tolkacheva($40) and David Leonchik ($10), who all came to the family's aid with donations totaling $7710 of the $10,610 collected donations contributed towards the $12k goal.

Roman Svyatetskiy is featured in a Sacramento Bee video report on the God Will Provide program.