Category Archives: Government interference in church affairs

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.

January 2, 2019. The Chairman of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (AUCCRO), Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Yakov Dov Bleich called the law  No. 5309 anti-constitutional and said that he would ask the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Verkhovna Rada to delay its implementation. According to the spiritual leader of the Jewish community, who has been […]

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Mayor Michel Tereshchenko interferes into the internal Church relations

December 28, 2018. Officials of the town of Glukhov in the Sumy region call on the priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) to move into the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Mayor Michel Tereshchenko puts a direct and categorical question: “When will you transfer to a new church?” Protopriest Alexey Rodionov, dean of the Glukhov district, told […]

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The Verkhovna-Rada have adopted anti-church bill No 5309.

December 20, 2018. According to the Union of Orthodox Journalists, the Verkhovna Rada have adopted the anti-church bill No. 5309, which obliges the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name as the Church, whose “governing centre(management) is in the aggressor country”, and become the “Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine”. 240 deputies voted in favour of the bill, 31 deputies voted […]

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Metropolitan Mitrofan, an Ukrainian citizen, was also denied the right to enter Ukraine

December 10, 2018 – The official website of the Gorlovka and Slavyansk Diocese confirmed that Metropolitan Mitrofan (Nikitin) of Gorlovka and Slavyansk Diocese (a clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate, and an Ukrainian citizen) was also denied the right to cross the demarcation line around some eastern territories in Ukraine through the official entry-exit checkpoint by the Security Service of […]

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Metropolitan Hilarion, an Ukrainian citizen, was denied the right of freedom of movement inside Ukraine, while he was attempting to enter Ukraine through an official entry-exit checkpoint on the demarcation line around eastern territories of Ukraine.

December 9, 2018. The press service of the Donetsk Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church informs that the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities did not allow the ruling bishop of Donetsk and Mariupol diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), His Eminence, Metropolitan of Donetsk and Mariupol, to cross the demarcation line in the official entry-exit checkpoint “Novotroitskoye”. Metropolitan Hilarion went […]

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