Category Archives: freedom of conscience

Russian Orthodox Church calls ECHR decision on Pussy Riot members’ appeal blow to legal protection of religious freedom

December 5, 2018. The Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church says that the European Court of Human Rights’ refusal to reconsider its Pussy Riot ruling restricts religious freedom in Europe. “It is regrettable that the court rejected Russia’s appeal and refused to refer the case to the Grand Chamber. The court evaded a serious and substantive discussion of its […]

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3 killed in Muslim terrorist attack on orthodox church in Grozny

May 21, 2018. Three innocent people, including two Internal Affairs officers, were killed when Muslim terrorists attempted to capture the Church of the Archangel Michael in Grozny, the capital city of the Russian Chechen Republic, during the Saturday evening service. The four militants were also killed by Special Ops forces: “The militants infiltrated the Church of the Archangel Michael to […]

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Ukrainian Security Service opens case against priest for posting St. George Ribbon on Facebook

February 8, 2018. The Security Service of Ukraine initiated an administrative case against cleric of the Vinnitsa Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Doctor of Theology Hieromonk Ioann (Kurmoyarov), who posted a card in Facebook depicting St. George ribbon on May 9, 2017. Fr. John explained that he had posted an image of the card on his Facebook […]

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Ukrainian Regional Council Deputy to ban Ukrainian Orthodox Church

December 22, 2017. Deputy of Ivano-Frankovsk Regional Council Mikhail Ivanochko seeks the prohibition of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and suggests that its priests be driven out of their temples. This is what the head of the district organization All-Ukrainian Association “Svoboda”, initiator of the address by the regional council urging to check the UOC clergy for their connection with FSB, […]

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