Bishop Gedeon has been detained in the airport by the Security Service of Ukraine

February 13, 2019 – The Union of Orthodox Journalists reported in the evening that the abbot of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s (Moscow Patriarchate)1 Desiatinny (Tithe – Ed.) monastery, Bishop Gedeon (Kharon) of Makarov was detained at the Borispol airport and is about to be deported, Protodeacon Anthony, Secretary of Gedeon, told Facebook. The bishop was returning from the United States where he told the US Congress about persecutions of the canonical Church and oppression of Ukraine Orthodox Church’s (Moscow Patriarchate) believers. In addition, the following day on February 14 Bishop Gedeon is supposed to participate in the hearing at the Supreme Court of Ukraine questioning the legitimacy of Tomos.

“Where he is to be deported is unknown because he is a citizen of Ukraine. He was born in Ukraine. And at the moment he is deprived of citizenship, and where to deport is not clear,” shared Protodeacon Anthony.

The secretary of the bishop informed that the staff of the State Border Service of Ukraine had no questions to the abbot of the Tithe Monastery.

The detention of Bishop Gedeon was carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine. They seized the passport from him and declared it “lost”, said Protodeacon Anthony, despite the fact that the bishop successfully used allegedly “lost” document to travel to and from the United States. Representatives of the Security Service also stated that Bishop Gedeon had lost his Ukrainian citizenship and the issue of his deportation was being resolved.

Photo/video testimonies:


  1. Union of Orthodox Journalists – “UOC Bishop Gedeon (Kharon) deported from Ukraine”
  2. The Facebook channel UOC Centre of Information –
  3. The Facebook channel of Bishop Gedeon Kharon –

Relevant cases:

Jan. 12, 2019 – Commentary of Archbishop Feodosiy, Chairman of the Church Court of the Kiev Diocese (Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate), about the State interference into Church Affairs.

Jan. 2, 2019 –  The Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (AUCCRO), Chief Rabbi of Ukraine believes that with the adoption of Law No. 5309, no religion in Ukraine can feel protected from state interference.

Dec. 28, 2018 –  Mayor Michel Tereshchenko interferes into the internal Church relations

  1. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is an autonomous Orthodox Church with headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine. It is spiritually and canonically linked with the Russian Orthodox Church.
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