Ukraine’s Security Service conduct searches at the place of residence of Pavlo, the archpriest of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, according to Olena Hitlyanska, according to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) spokeswoman, the Ukrainian News reported.
According to Olena Hitlyanska, 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 religious hatred, which is a subject to Criminal Code of Ukraine.
As it was reported earlier, the Ministry of Culture initiated checks of relics and shrines in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. Later the SBU clarified that investigative activities are being held under procedural regulation of Prosecutor’s Office of Kyiv region in fulfillment of the order by the Investigative Direction of National Police of Ukraine.
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 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.
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.'
On Thursday, November 29, the Synodus of Ecumenical Patriarchate released a communique about the preliminary draft project of the statute of the future Ukrainian Church.