The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation refused to reconsider the decision about the eviction of the community of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) in occupied Simferopol and it means complete liquidation of the Ukrainian Orthodox community in Crimea as lawyer Serhiy Zayets reported.
“Today, on August 4, 2020, the Supreme Court of Russia refused to reconsider the decision about the eviction of the OCU community from the cathedral church in Simferopol. In fact, it means the complete liquidation of the Ukrainian Orthodox community in Crimea,” the message said.
The lawyer noted that the decision about the eviction from the church was delivered by the Crimean court in the summer of 2019. The real attempts of eviction started at the end of August 2019. The heads of Crimean Eparchy successfully confronted the authorities during another year.
The Court of Arbitration of the Central district stopped the implementation of the decision. However, the court rejected the appeal soon and the attempts to evict the church renewed. In December 2019, the Supreme Court of Russia again stopped the execution of the decision and in March and in June 2020, it extended the term of the consideration of the cassation appeal.
Simultaneously, according to the lawyer, the authorities of Russia try to demolish the chapel in Yevpatoria. In a week before, Archbishop Klyment got the demand from the officer of the court to dismount the chapel.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea is announced to be temporarily occupied territory.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014, to be the year of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. In October 2015, then-President Petro Poroshenko signed the proper law.
The international organization recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of Russia. The West imposed a number of sanctions against Russia.
Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it “the restoration of the historical justice”.