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The building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square in Moscow. archive photo

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The issue of persecution of believers in Ukraine in the information blockade

MOSCOW, March 23 – RIA Novosti. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the Western elite verbally supports the protection of the rights of believers, but at the same time, the issue of persecution of believers in Ukraine is in the “information blockade” there.

“The Western political establishment orally advocates the protection of the rights of believers, equating it with basic civil rights and freedoms, but in fact a kind of information buffer, a buffer zone has been created around this issue and the issue itself. Zakharova, at a briefing on Thursday, “The UOC in Ukraine The persecution of ‘ – ed.) is in an information blockade,” he said.

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He added that Russia has long spoken from the rostrums of all international organizations about the violation of the rights of believers in Ukraine.

“Violence against representatives of the largest church in Ukraine and its millions of congregations: seizure of churches, regular searches, detentions, arrests, interrogation of clergy, deprivation of their property and citizenship,” said Zakharova.

On March 10, the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra National Reserve ordered the canonical UOC monks to leave their premises by March 29. The Ukrainian interdepartmental working group on the preparation of proposals and recommendations on the organization of the implementation of certain tasks related to the activities of religious organizations found that the monastery violated the terms of the agreement on the use of state property. The commission did not give the content and details of the violations, the Ministry of Culture did not publish them. Against this background, on Monday, the Metropolitan Municipality of the Vinnitsa diocese of the canonical UOC Varsonofy announced that the inspection commission arrived on the territory of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra without warning and documentation.

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Earlier, the Kremlin said that the illegal acts of the Kiev regime encroaching on the church show once again what Russia is fighting and what it must stop. Tatyana Moskalkova, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation, appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights with a request to help prevent the lawlessness of the Ukrainian authorities in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Russia’s Deputy OSCE Representative Maksim Buyakevich described the OSCE’s failure to respond to rights violations and discrimination against Orthodox Christians in Ukraine as ugly. And a petition appeared on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, calling for not evacuating the priests of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

The crackdown on the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), the largest in the country, to which millions of believers identify themselves, began in the 1990s from nationalists and separatists. By 2018, this turned into a large-scale state campaign, the authorities created the “Ukrainian Orthodox Church” (OCU), an opponent of the UOC from schismic organizations. At the same time, an information campaign began against the UOC, the mass raiding seizures of its churches, their “voluntary re-registration” with the approval of the authorities, the attacks of nationalists and schisms on clergy and believers with impunity.

In 2022, Ukrainian authorities staged the largest wave of persecution of the UOC in the country’s recent history. Referring to its connection with Russia, local authorities in different regions of Ukraine decided to ban the activities of the UOC, and a bill on its de facto ban in Ukraine was submitted to the parliament of the country. State sanctions were imposed on some representatives of the UOC clergy. The Security Service of Ukraine began to file criminal cases against the UOC clergy for conducting “counter-intelligence activities” – searching for evidence of “anti-Ukrainian activities”, bishops and priests in churches and monasteries.

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