SBU conducted searches in the case against representatives of the Zaporozhye diocese of the UOC-MP

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vulkanesti in fotoracconti law enforcement bodies of Ukraine. Archival photoSBU conducted searches in the case against representatives of the Zaporozhye diocese of the UOC-MP© RIA Novosti / Alexei Walkerite the image Bank

The security service of Ukraine claims that during the searches of the representatives of the public organization «Orthodox Union «Radomir» in Zaporozhye had discovered the weapon and records the «anti-texts».

Yesterday it was reported that the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case against the individual representatives of the diocese of Zaporozhye of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate on suspicion of discrimination against persons who have not received the rite of baptism in UOC-MP.

«Employees of security Service of Ukraine in the framework of criminal proceedings opened under part three of article 161 of the criminal code of Ukraine («violation of equality of citizens depending on their racial, national belonging or attitude to religion») in Kiev carried out the authorized searches of the representatives of Pro-Russian public organization «Orthodox Union «Radomir». Operatives of the security services seized an unregistered automatic firearms and cold steel, a significant number of rounds, the medal «patriot of Russia», Pro-Russian symbols of this organization, printed with the text «the anti-Ukrainian contents,» — said in a statement posted on the website of the SBU on Friday.

The Prosecutor’s office claims that the organization «Radomir» was provided by a so-called «security services» diocese of Zaporozhye of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Earlier, the Prosecutor’s office stated that some representatives of the diocese of Zaporozhye of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), NGO «Union of Orthodox Radomir and other unidentified persons had committed actions aimed at inciting national, religious enmity and hatred, insult the feelings of citizens in connection with their religious beliefs, which entailed grave consequences in the form of the occurrence of clashes and riots in the Zaporozhye region and other regions of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Prosecutor’s office claims that the representatives of the Zaporozhye diocese of the UOC-MP alleged allow for selective approach to the implementation of religious rites, giving preference to persons who have passed the rite of baptism in UOC than offend the feelings of citizens in connection with their religious beliefs, and condemns the fellowship of a congregation in the Ukrainian language.

Currently in Ukraine there are several churches of the Orthodox rite is recognized by all local Orthodox churches, the UOC-MP and UOC-Kyivan Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.

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