SBU carries out searches of the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra

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The security service of Ukraine conducts searches by place of residence of the Abbot of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Paul, said the Minister on Twitter.

Earlier, Metropolitan Pavel said that he has «reliable information» about the opening of criminal cases against him in Ukraine.» Also on Thursday, a special Commission of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine for the first time in 30 years tested religious values and icons of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

«SBU is conducting mandated investigations of the place of residence and placement of the property complex belonging to the Abbot of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Pavel (Lebed)», — reported in SBU.

The search takes place in the framework of criminal proceedings initiated under part 2 of article 161 (Violation of equality of citizens depending on their race, national origin, religious belief, disability and other grounds) of the Criminal code of Ukraine.

The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church has repeatedly reported the harassment of priests and grabs the temples by the representatives of the non-canonical religious structures. In particular, in 2014-2016, the UOC lost 40 temples. In addition, in the database, the infamous Ukrainian site of the «Peacemaker» made the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Onuphrius, and the Governor of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Vyshgorod and Chernobyl Paul.

Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities, including President Petro Poroshenko, has declared that do not intend to interfere in the Affairs of the Church, but do it all the time. So, despite promises, Poroshenko made from Constantinople the recognition of non-canonical Church in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church called schismatic. Rada of Ukraine adopted the law on the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Later, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine was deprived of the canonical UOC right of use of buildings of Pochayiv Lavra in Kiev. Action against the Pochaiv monastery testify to the intimidation of believers by the authorities of Ukraine, stated in the ROC. Advisor to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Rostyslav Pavlenko previously traveled to Istanbul to observe the Synod and meet with the Patriarch of Constantinople on the question of autocephaly.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get only the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the ROC I hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

SBU carries out searches of the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous