Category Archives: freedom of assembly

Polish nationalists stage provocative march on Forgiveness Sunday in Hajnówka beside an Orthodox church

February 28, 2017 – Unfortunately, this year’s Forgiveness Sunday in the Polish town of Hajnówka in the Podlasie Province was a restless one. For the first time in the history of the famous Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Rite of Forgiveness had to be served immediately after the morning Liturgy rather than in the evening due to a scheduled Polish nationalist […]

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In Kozelets, the city council illegally transfers an Orthodox Church to the Kiev Patriarchate

February 25, 2017 – The members of the Chernigov oblast council have transferred the Ascension Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) to the Kiev Patriarchate. The church was handed over to the Kiev Patriarchate, despite protests from the UOC members and the Cross procession, conducted as a sign of protest last summer. There were attempts […]

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Authorities of a Nizhny Novgorod village are demanding the demolition of an Orthodox church.

February 20, 2017 – Believers of the Kornirovka ( Nizhny Novgorod region) have had to face administrative barriers from the local authorities. They are demanding the demolition of a chapel, which a local resident built on top of a holy water source. Before the October Revolution, this terrain had a pre-existing church, which a man restored at his own expense. […]

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The community of Ukrainian Orthodox Church is not allowed to build a church, despite approval from the court

February 18, 2017 – The Saint-Nicholas community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) in the village of Veliky Omelyanik, despite a won lawsuit, has received additional administrative problems. Representatives from the Volyn Oblast’s architectural-construction inspection department have disbursed funds for further judicial proceedings, despite the expiry of the legal payment term. The case was transferred to […]

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Orthodox Christians had their worship disrupted by an organized picket

February 10, 2017 – About 15 to 20 people began to actively take photos during Orthodox worship inside the Isaakevsky Cathedral in St. Petersburg (Russia), which attracted the attention of the church attendees. The picketers proceeded to create a single line on the Western side of the Cathedral, raising placards with individual letters, which read, “The museum belongs to the […]

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