Medvedchuk: «religious» bills directed on split of Ukraine

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The leader of the movement «the Ukrainian choice — the right of the people», the representative of Kiev in the political sub-group on Donbass Viktor Medvedchuk believes that the draft laws on the status of religious organizations directed on split of Ukraine.

On Thursday the Verkhovna Rada intends to consider two resonant draft law on the status of religious organizations. The first bill suggests that religious organizations, senior centers are in the state recognized Ukraine «aggressor country» will be able to appoint metropolitans and bishops only in agreement with the authorities. The second bill proposes to grant the right to the parishioners to change the jurisdiction of the religious communities which operate both in Ukraine and abroad. Experts believe that the adoption of these laws can legitimize the seizure of churches of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine and lead to interreligious conflict.

«Obviously, these bills are another initiative of the «party of war» aimed at splitting the country, in this case on religious grounds», — wrote the Medvedchuk on Wednesday in his blog on the website of the movement.

In his opinion, the Ukrainian authorities provoked the conflict on religious grounds are as dangerous as any other conflict on a national scale.

Ukraine operates the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). While the UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on cases of harassment of priests and seizures of the Orthodox churches representatives of the UOC-KP. In particular, in 2014-2016, the UOC-MP has lost 40 temples.


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