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Russian security officials voice reason of Ukrainian Archbishop's arrest

Police said the priest was detained due to theft in church
18:03, 3 March 2019

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The archbishop of the Crimean Diocese of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine Klyment was detained in the occupied Crimea allegedly because of theft in the church. It is reported by the Center for Investigative Journalism.

"As I was told at the police office, there was a call saying that something was stolen in the church on the Sevastopolskaya Street in Simferopol. That is, someone allegedly called that there was a theft in my church. And so they detained me at the bus station, took off already from the bus. This accusation is a lie. Because they found out about who I was only when they brought me to the regional department. And after 30 minutes they came up with such a version, "the archbishop told the representatives of the center.

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Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova has already responded to the arrest. She said that she was trying to contact the Russian ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova.

"I called Moskalkova but she was not in touch. I wrote a message to her! I will try to contact her. We are working on this," she said.

“On March 3, 2019, the Crimean and Simferopol archbishop Klyment (Kushch) was detained by the Russian police at the bus station in Simferopol. The latest news – he is being brought to the Kyiv district police department”, - the report said.

Besides, it is emphasized that archbishop Klyment, who is the head the Orthodox help mission to the victims of the human rights violation and imprisoned people, intended to visit the hearing of Pavlo Gryb, the arrested in Russian Ukrainian political prisoner, in Rostov-on-Don.

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine has no contact with the bishop for now.

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