Experts said the opposite effect from the searches of the priests in Ukraine

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The searches in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and churches and homes of the priests in the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine are the links of one chain; the government pressure on members of the canonical Church with the aim of forcing them to participate in the creation of the «Autocephalous Church» will only increase, but it will have the opposite effect, according to respondents RIA Novosti experts.

In the Zhytomyr region began mass searches in cathedrals, the diocesan office, temples and houses of priests, said Monday of the UOC. Before that, on 30 November, the security Service of Ukraine held at the place of residence of the Abbot of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Paul searches. The Metropolitan said that the authorities are trying to put him under political pressure.

«It is quite in the style of the current Ukrainian authorities: to aggravate the situation, including the persecution of religious leaders, and the largest religious organizations in the country. Their whole policy is aimed at escalation, and only because of this they survive. So there will be new raids, and new criminal cases and seizure of property, and in the near future,» — said RIA Novosti Director of the human rights center of world Russian people’s Council religious expert Roman Silantyev, commenting on the latest actions of the security forces and authorities in relation to the UOC.

According to him, the initiators of such actions provide «a direct allusion to those people who do not intend to participate in the so-called unification Council, what will happen to them if they did not obey (the President of Ukraine Peter) Poroshenko». «It’s quite simple and effective technology of pressure, but I think it will have the opposite effect,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

In the new conditions, said Silantyev, those of the clergy and simple believers, which can be varied and which could «seduce some soft methods», seeing such a force and «direct breaking the hands», on the contrary, persevere, and remain faithful to the canonical Church. The Chairman of the Union of Orthodox citizens Valentin Lebedev also believes that the searches of the clergy of the UOC are «a means to intimidate them, to entice,» but the effect of these measures will «completely reverse».

«In the beginning wanted to lure (in the «one Church» — ed.) with honey, but nothing happened, the people of God should not be offended… of Course, this repression. About them talked for a long time, waiting for them, and here they started, the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church declared war. But the Church existed and will exist for centuries, and it is in our country were subjected to terrible persecution, but as we see now in bloom and thriving. What can we say about the Ukraine, there is nothing they will not work – it’s all over. You only need to keep the faith and piety,» — said Lebedev.

In his opinion, the military situation in Ukraine imposed «precisely in order to make it easier to apply the anti-clerical repression, is one of the main now on the agenda».

Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities, including the President, have 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. Advisor Poroshenko Rostyslav Pavlenko went 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.

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