Attempt to destabilize the situation around the Orthodox Lavra of Pochayiv with fake information about export of Wonderworking icon of this monastery

March 23, 2015. Law enforcement agencies and SSU (Security Service of Ukraine) identifies persons who spread fake information about possible substitution of the Wonderworking Pochayiv icon of Holy Lady the Mother of God with consequent export of the original out of the Holy Dormition Pochaiv Lavra as reports Department of UOC and UNIAN.

This has been stated by chief of Ternopil Regional Militsiya Department Oleksandr Bogomol, at a press conference.

“The information had been spread with the aim of destabilization of the situation in the region, and this will definitely be given the legal treatment”, – said Oleksandr Bogomol. According to his words, 80 law enforcement officers went to Pochayiv with the purpose of ensuring the rule of law and they have prevented destabilization in the city.

One day earlier, MIA Department in Ternopil region refuted the information about an attempt of substitution of the Wonderworking Pochayiv icon of Holy Lady the Mother of God with its copy. Chief of Ternopil Regional Militsiya Department had personally visited Abbot of Pochayiv Lavra metropolitan Volodymyr. During the meeting Metropolitan disclaimed the information about alleged export of the icon from the territory of the monastery and assured, that there have never ever been an intention to do this. The officers of Ternopil Regional Militsiya Department had also had an opportunity to get convinced that the icon is in its own place and is safe and fully protected.

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