“More attention deserves the fact that people are coming… The fact that people are standing, people are praying… They didn’t let in the so-called commission that came to describe something,” he said. he said in the TV program “The Church and Us” on the TV channel “Russia-24”.All of this, he said, testifies to the determination of ordinary people to defend their shrines.Recall that earlier the rector of Metropolitan Pavel of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra was under house arrest. The Security Service of Ukraine today informed him of a suspicion (in Russian practice, this corresponds to an accusation) of incitement to hatred and work for the Russian Federation.
The situation around the monastery escalated after the UOC monks refused to leave the walls of the monastery at the request of the leadership of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra reserve. On March 30, a cultural property security verification commission arrived at the monastery to take inventory of the property. The lavra’s servants, led by her vicar, Metropolitan Pavel, and the faithful did not let her into the monastery. The same thing happened the next day. On Friday, brawls took place near the walls of the monastery, and reports emerged of a possible assault. Both parties went to court. However, the consideration of the case on the illegal termination of the indefinite lease of the Lavra objects by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is scheduled only for April 26, while the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine , in a lawsuit, demands that the monks immediately leave the walls of the monastery and not interfere with the work of the commission.
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