The Minister of Culture made ungrounded accusations against Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, said in an interview Protopriest Alexander Bakhov, the head of the Legal Department of Ukranian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)

January 11, 2019 – According to the Union of Orthodox Journalists, Protopriest Alexander Bakhov, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)1 Legal Department, asserts that the Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevgeny Nishchuk’s statements that icons have been stolen from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra2 are ungrounded. Protopriest Alexander Bakhov called Nishchuk’s statement a provocation, saying that “the minister has not backed up his statements with any documents or even evidence.”


  1. Union of Orthodox Journalists – UOC lawyer: Culture Minister’s statement on loss of icons is a provocation

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  1. Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is an autonomous orthodox Church with headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine.
  2. Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is an ancient Orthodox monastery that was established in the 11th century.
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