The court of Borispol (Ukraine) has prohibited an Orthodox Christian Cross Procession
February 22, 2017 – The municipal court of Borispol in the greater Kiev region has reviewed the administrative lawsuit of the protopriest Georgy Nosach of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), and has ruled in its favour. According to a journalist from the Union of Orthodox Journalists (UOJ), the court case involved the prohibition of an Orthodox Cross procession on July 22, 2016, when the local members of the Borispol City Council refused entry to the processionals inside the city. They did it despite a collection of 4000 protest signatures that challenged their decision.
The previous decision to prohibit the Cross procession has been repealed.
“Thus, the court has satisfied the rights of believers to conduct peaceful religious assemblies and peaceful processions”, commented the priest Alexei Nosenko, the Head of the Legal department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s diocese of Borispol.
The ban of the Borispol City Council has violated the law, most importantly article 39 of the Ukrainian Constitution, which states that peaceful assemblies can only be prohibited by a decision from the court.