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The Russian Orthodox Church inside of Ukraine, formerly named the Ukraine Orthodox Church – Muscovy Patriarch, must now change its name to include “Russia”. This is another severe blow to Moscow.
Ukraine’s Parliament today voted to mandate that the UOC-MP, the Ukrainian branch of the Russian Orthodox Church, rename itself in a manner that includes the name Russia or Russian in the new name of the church. This denies Russia concealment of the nature of its church behind a Potemkin Village facade of the church being somehow Ukrainian. Muscovy is, needless to say, very unhappy about this – every time a Russian proxy is exposed they are not happy. The ROC organized a protest in front of the Parliament but its size indicates that support for the ROC is beginning to dissipate.
The Vozhd has made a number of statements on the church matter in Ukraine, none of which will make much sense to anybody other than the zombified in Russia and Russia’s proxies elsewhere.
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has passed a bill to rename the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). The legislation introduces only one restriction: the church “subordinated to the aggressor state has no right to be represented in military units on the front line.” The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has passed a bill to rename the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). The decision to amend the Law of Ukraine “On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations” regarding the name of religious organizations/associations that are incorporated in/are part of in a religious organization/association whose head office/administration is located outside Ukraine, in a state that is recognized by law as carrying out military aggression against Ukraine and/or temporarily occupying part of the territory of Ukraine (No. 5309) was backed by 240 MPs out of 289 registered in the session hall, according to an UNIAN correspondent. Ukrainian MP from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction Oleksandr Bryhynets said if “the state is recognized as the aggressor state, the church whose administration is based in the aggressor state must have in its title the full name of the church to which it is subordinate.” “In this case, it’s about the fact that if there is any church that is in unity or subordinate to the Russian church, it should not be called ‘Ukrainian,’ but ‘Russian,'” he said. The lawmaker explained the relevant unity would be determined in two parallel ways – through the statutory documents of the church registered in Ukraine or through the documents of the church, which is located in Russia. “If such unity is indicated in one of these churches, this law will be applied. The church is invited to rename itself and give its name. What are the options? The church may choose any option for itself. For example, the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Russian Orthodox Church in Kharkiv, the Russian Orthodox Church in Kyiv. It is their right, they can choose during registration,” Bryhynets said. According to him, this bill imposes only one restriction, namely the church “subordinated to the aggressor state has no right to be represented in military units on the front line.” The legislation becomes effective since the date of its publication.
Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy has signed the law obliging the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) to indicate in its title that it is subordinate to Russia.</p> He announced this while opening an evening meeting of the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent said. On December 10, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law introducing amendments to the law of Ukraine “On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations” regarding the names of religious organizations (associations) that are part of a religious organization (association), the management center of which is located outside Ukraine, in the state that was recognized by law as the one that carried out military aggression against Ukraine and/or temporarily occupied part of the territory of Ukraine. The law obliges UOC-MP to state in its title that it is subordinate to Russia.
Ukrainian MPs passed a law on Thursday that could force the Moscow-backed church in Ukraine to add “Russian” to its name, aimed at curbing the influence of priests whom the authorities call a threat to national security.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted a draft law No. 5309 into a law obliging religious organizations having the center in the aggressor state to state this fact in their official names. The law on freedom of conscience and religious organizations binds the religious organizations with their center in the aggressor state to inform about that in their full official names (adding “in Ukraine” if necessary). The law specifies the signs the religious organization being run from the aggressor state: – the statute of the branch of the organization contains the data of belonging to the organization with the center in the occupier country; – the statute of the organization in the occupier country contains the data of a branch in Ukraine and the right of their leaders to take decisions in canonical and organizational issues, binding the cells in Ukraine; – the statute of a foreign religious union contemplates obligatory inclusion of Ukrainian cells’ leaders into a foreign organization with a deciding vote. The law to enter it’s legal force after the official publication.
Громадське радіо on Twitter: “The UOC-MP is obliged to indicate membership in a religious organization outside Ukraine – “the leading center of which is located in a state that is recognized by law as having carried out military aggression against Ukraine and temporarily occupied the territory of Ukraine.”». https://t.co/s2SX8g0tki”
The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law requiring the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to rename itself to reflect the fact that it is based in Russia. During the Dec. 20 parliamentary session, 240 lawmakers voted in favor of the draft law. Provided the bill is signed by President Petro Poroshenko, the church will now likely be known as the “Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.” According to the new law, any Ukrainian branch of a religious organization with a center in a state legally recognized by Ukrainian law as an aggressor must indicate its origins in its name.
Ukrainian people’s deputies had a fight in the sessional hall right after they have adopted a law which obligates the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate to indicate belonging to the Russian Church in the official name. 112 Ukraine broadcasted the session.
Deputy Head of the National Police of Ukraine Oleksandr Fatsevych has said the police on December 19 began preparations for enhanced security to maintain public order during the New Year and Christmas holidays, in particular security measures near churches will be stepped up. Police will patrol areas around temples, churches and places where religious events take place.
“A great victory of the pious Ukrainian people over the Moscow demons! A victory of good over evil, of light over darkness!” These are the unusually-medieval sounding words uttered by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in October, when the Istanbul-based Echumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople announced its decision to create a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church, independent from the influence of the Russian church.
Orthodox bishops created the new Ukrainian church at a historic synod in Kyiv on Saturday, ending more than 300 years of Moscow domination. The decision was welcomed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the United States. MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the creation of a Ukrainian Orthodox Church independent of Moscow at his annual press conference on Thursday, saying it violated religious freedoms and drove a wedge between the nations. Orthodox bishops created the new Ukrainian church at a historic synod in Kyiv on Saturday, ending more than 300 years of Moscow domination. The decision was welcomed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the United States. But Putin slammed the decision as a “blatant breach of religious freedoms”. Also on Thursday, Ukraine’s parliament passed a law that obliges the Moscow-backed branch of the country’s Orthodox Church to mention its allegiance in its name.
Mike Pompeo has expressed support for Ukraine’s newly-formed schismatic church and religious freedoms. It comes as radical activists are on standby to seize property from the internationally recognized Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Paul Goble Staunton, December 17 – Vladimir Putin’s suggestion that describing the Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization is “complete rubbish” and that Moscow should pursue a more liberal approach with regard to religious minorities has given rise to some but not very much optimism among Russia’s hard-pressed Jehovah’s Witnesses. Yaroslav Sivulsky, the press secretary of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, says that “we are surprised about the reaction of the president. If he is in the course of the entire situation, then certainly his reaction could change something. We hope that he will give an order to investigate and that something will happen” (bbc.com/russian/news-46598425). “Although knowing the realities of our government, there isn’t any great optimism,” the religious representative says. “It is difficult to call [Putin’s] remark support but the very fact that he expressed his point of view may be a sign that accusing the Jehovah’s Witnesses of terrorism and extremism are without foundation.” Sivulsky pointed out that this is not the first time that Putin has been asked about the fate of the Jehovah’s Witnesses under his rule: German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed him on this in May 2017. Moreover, members of the denomination have sent numerous letters to him but none has received a response. “It is hard to judge,” he says, “what in fact will happen; but we have the modest hope that it will be possible to release those now in detention who have committed no crimes but simply have read the Bible. This is the first thing the law enforcement organs must do” if Putin’s words are to be taken seriously. There is as yet no indication of movement in that direction, however. Putin spoke of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in response to a question from Yekaterina Schulmann, a Moscow political analyst, at the Presidential Council on Human Rights on December 11. (For the text of the meeting, including his remarks on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which was released today, seekremlin.ru/events/president/news/59374.) The Kremlin leader promised to look into the situation and declared that “we can and even must at a certain moment be much more liberal toward representatives of various religious sects,” using the derogatory term Russians often employ for religious groups other than the four “traditional” faiths the authorities recognize. Putin, of course, is trying to have it both ways: On the one hand, he can count on his words about a more “liberal” approach to be used by those who suggest he really is a democrat; while on the other, he can allow or in this case almost certainly order or at least approve the repressive actions of his subordinates. He is all too rarely held to account for what he says and does and the ways in which those are at variance. That needs to change if there is to be any hope that he will in fact change for the better. The next few weeks are critical for the Jehovah’s Witnesses: If they aren’t released and the charges dropped, the world will have yet another reason not to trust Putin.
Orthodox Belarussians do not have the right to participate in the sacraments of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, a spokesperson for the Belarusian Orthodox Church (BOC), Sergei Lepin, has said in an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.