The security service of Ukraine (SBU) for 3 years was denied entry into the country priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, the suspect in cooperation with the self-proclaimed Donetsk people's Republic.
"SBU has banned entry to Ukraine Russian citizen, the Church a deacon of one of the dioceses of the ROC, the member of illegal armed groups of the terrorist organization DNR" ? reported in the report on the Internet representation of the SBU.
the state security Service stressed that the Russian citizen arrived at the uncontrolled Kiev territory in the last month of summer 2014, and performed the duties of a freelance chaplain." He is banned entry to the site of Ukraine for the period of 3 years. Addresses the issue of opening of criminal proceedings " ? added in SBU. Remember, in Ukraine there is a canonical UOC-MP, which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures ? of the UOC-KP and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). While the UOC-MP and the first of many times reported instances of harassment of priests and seizures of the Orthodox churches representatives of the UOC-KP. Head of legal Department of the UOC-MP Alexander Bach said that the unrecognized Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) for 2014-2016 captured 40 churches of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate, While seizures are often facilitated by local authorities.