"We also cannot participate in the Eucharistic communication with Constantinople Church as it violated the canons and intruded on the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church of Ukraine," he said.
According to a rough estimate, there are about 30,000 Orthodox Christians in Tajikistan that makes 0,4% of the country's population.
The Orthodox parishes of Tajikistan are administratively subordinated to Dushanbe Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church with the diocesan administration in Dushanbe and comprise six churches and houses of worship with 5 priests.
On October 11, the Synod lifted the anathema from Filaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, the Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that a united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.
In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv metropole in 1686.
Later the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
As is known, the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. This outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'