The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine admitted the illegality of the persecution of the monks of the Lavra

The head of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine Tkachenko admitted that the department operates in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra without a court decision

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Employees of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine operate in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra without a corresponding court decision. This was stated by the head of the department Alexander Tkachenko.

“Without waiting for a court decision and the adoption of a law that prohibits the work of religious organizations in Ukraine with control centers in Moscow, we began work on the fact that the Lavra began to regain its Ukrainian identity”– the politician said on the air of Ukrainian TV.

Tkachenko added that now the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine is busy with the nationalization of the objects of the Lower Lavra. This territory is used by the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which official Kyiv considers “a religious organization with a control center in Moscow.”

Recall that earlier REN TV told who benefits from the plunder of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

The persecution of the clergy of the UOC, including from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, began in the fall of 2022. Many were accused of pro-Russian activities and criminal cases were initiated against them.

The situation escalated to the limit in March 2023, when the authorities announced the termination of the lease agreement with the monks of the monastery, allegedly due to violations of the terms of the contract on their part. Then they were ordered to leave the monastery until March 29, the clergy filed a complaint with the court. Then raider seizures of temples began throughout Nezalezhnaya.

The Russian Federation has repeatedly stressed that it strongly condemns the persecution of the Kyiv regime against the church, and asked the international community to pay attention to the situation. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Zelensky’s anti-church steps against the UOC provoked a deeper split in Ukrainian society.

Source: Ren TV

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