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SBU search vicar of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, seize printed materials

The service claimed that there were brochures on the attitude of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Donbas conflict and the government; the content of this print products has signs of inciting religious and interconfessional hostility
15:08, 15 December 2018
Metropolitan Pavlo
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The SBU, the Security Service of Ukraine has seized some printed materials at the place of residence of Pavlo, the vicar of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. The materials have certain signs of inciting religious and interconfessional hostility. Ukrainian News agency report this with a reference to the answer of the service to its request. 

The SBU specified that they found four brochures called ‘UOC: relations with the government. Attitude to Donbas conflict and church division. Questions and Answers’. 

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As we reported earlier, Ukraine’s Security Service conducted searches at the place of residence of Pavlo, the archpriest of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The searches are being conducted at the place of residence of Pavlo and in the premises of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra within the probe of stirring up the religious hatred, which is a subject to the Criminal Code of Ukraine. 

The Ministry of Culture initiated the checks of relics and shrines in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. Later, the SBU clarified that investigative activities are being held under the procedural regulation of Prosecutor’s Office of Kyiv region, in fulfillment of the order by the Investigative Direction of the National Police of Ukraine. 

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The head of the SBU administration, Ihor Huskov, has confirmed this information. 

"The SBU is taking investigative measures at the vicar's place of residence as part of a criminal case, opened under Article 161 of the Criminal Code," Huskov said at a press briefing at the SBU on Friday. 

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Earlier, 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.'   

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate struggled for the autocephaly since the country gained independence in 1991. For his firm stance in this regard, Patriarch Filaret, the current leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate was stripped of his orders in 1992, as the Russian Orthodox Church imposed the anathema on him. Most recently, the Ecumenical Patriarchate lifted it from him. This decision, and the subsequent decision to grant Ukraine Tomos outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'  

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