SBU searched the rector of the Pochaev Theological School of the UOC in the Ternopil region
MOSCOW, November 26 – RIA Novosti. According to the news that Babel’s Ukrainian edition based on its own sources, the Ukrainian Security Service searched the rector of the Pochaev Theological School.
The seminary is located in the city of Pochaev, in the Ternopil region of western Ukraine.
In the article on the website of the publication, “Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine searched Job (Smakouz), the Bishop of the Moscow Patriarchate Ukrainian Orthodox Church Ternopil Diocese, Rector of the Pochaev Theological School.”
It was reported that the cleric had Russian literature about him, which he allegedly used to promote Russian values and anti-Ukrainian agitation. The publication publishes photographs of two books in Russian, with the library forms affixed, probably photos taken during searches in the library of the Faculty of Theology.
On Friday, Ukraine’s security service announced that the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) was conducting “counterintelligence activities” in the Chernivtsi-Bukovina diocese. The UOC diocese has confirmed the authenticity of the searches.
On November 22, the SBU carried out “counterintelligence measures” on the territory of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and two monasteries and the Sarny diocese of the UOC in the Rivne region. More than 50 people were questioned and “pro-Russian literature” was found – according to Metropolitan Anthony, these were Easter messages from the Moscow Patriarch Kirill and All Rus, which were transmitted to all dioceses of the Moscow Patriarchate, and books condemning the Ukrainian schismatics. .
Since the beginning of the special military operation in Ukraine, attacks by nationalists on churches, clergy and believers in the canonical UOC have become more frequent.
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