He called the ultimatum of the Kiev authorities against the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra a monstrous act, comparable to the persecution of faith in the age of impiety.
“As at that time, the authorities openly ignore the law, not to mention the minimum respect for the rights of fellow citizens,” the patriarch said in an address published on website Russian Orthodox Church (ROC).
According to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the work of a certain commission to investigate violations in the economic activities of the monastery was not transparent. “Its repressive goal is the complete expulsion of the monks from the Lavra. This goal has not been hidden from state officials and representatives of other religious organizations in Ukraine who are under the influence of secular authorities “added Patriarch Kirill.
The national reserve “Kiev-Pechersk Lavra” forced the monks of the Canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) to leave the monastery buildings until March 29. Acting Director General Oleksandr Rudnik referred to the conclusions of the interdepartmental working group and a letter from the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. He says the monastery violated the terms of the agreement on the use of state assets.
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