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Law obliging church to indicate its ties with Russia takes effect in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The document states that the religious organizations with the center in the aggressor country should indicate this in the full and official title
14:58, 27 December 2018

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The law #2662-VII on the duty of the religious organizations with the center in the country-aggressor to indicate this in the official title has come into force in Ukraine. The document was published on a parliamentary newspaper “Holos Ukrayiny”.

The law “On freedom of conscience and religious organizations” states that the religious organizations with the center in the country-occupant should indicate this in the full and official title.

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The belonging of the church to the religious organization with the center in the country-aggressor is defined according to such signs:

  • the mentioning of the entering the organization with the center in the state-occupant in the charter of the chain of the organization;
  • the charter of the organization in the state-aggressor contains the mentioning of the chain in Ukraine and right of the leaders to make decisions in the canonical and organization issues, which are binding for the unit in Ukraine;
  • the charter of the foreign religious association provides the obligatory entering of the leaders of the chain in Ukraine into the statutory bodies of the foreign organization with a right of the deciding vote.
  • During a month from December 26 or from the moment of the declaration of the state as country-aggressor, the Culture Ministry checks the presence of the mentioned signs of the leading of the organization abroad. If such signs are found, then the message on the necessity to re-naming of the Ukrainian chain during three months will be published on “Holos Ukrayiny”.

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Totally, four months are given for the re-naming since this law comes into force or the declaration of the state as country-aggressor and if the issue is about the religious community, then the term is nine months. If the re-naming does not take place during this term, the points of the charter of the religious organization about official name cease to have the effect.

The priests, preaches and mentors of the church with the center in the state-aggressor cannot stay at the military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, other military formations and places of their location.

Related: Law on church's commitment to state affiliation with aggressor state is no interference with religious affairs

On December 22, President Petro Poroshenko signed a law obliging the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate to indicate links with the Russian Orthodox Church in its full name

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate intends to appeal to the Constitutional Court a law obligation the UOC of Moscow Patriarchate to indicate in its title that it belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC).

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