Discrimination of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) are cause for extreme concern of the Russian Orthodox Church, said during the meeting of the OSCE in the capital of Poland, the Commissioner of the Secretariat for inter-Orthodox relations the Department of external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Feodor Shulga.
"These facts (violent seizure of churches) is undeniable, they are recognized by most forensic investigations. Unfortunately, the local government often does not have enough power and political will to execute decisions of the courts. But the worst thing is that such offences have plans to legalize at the legislative level, artificially limiting the rights of one of the Ukrainian confessions ", Greg told Shulga, noting that the story is about the bill of the Verkhovna Rada n 4128 about the change of command of religious organizations, RIA " Novosti ".
according to his statement, the draft law proposes to grant the UOC-MP the " special status ", putting it under special supervision of the country, until the appointment of managerial personnel and forced the closure of communities, merely on the grounds that her formal "nerve center" is located abroad, in Russia." the last time this kind of pressure applied in the territory of Ukraine only in the years of Stalin's regime ", – drew the attention of the Shul. The Commissioner of the Russian Orthodox Church said that continues information campaign against the UOC, and religious and public figures, "the official Competent authorities and law enforcement agencies allow themselves the rhetoric of hatred" that leads To growth of aggression in society, and the vandalism and violence that go unpunished." Numerous arson of the temples (only in Kiev there are dozens of them), beating believers and even some murders of priests up to the present time has not received proper investigation, " – he recalled. The Commissioner of the Russian delegation said the concern of the ROC discrimination of the UOC in Ukraine." The Russian Orthodox Church is extremely concerned about numerous facts of discrimination against their brethren in Ukraine. If certain political forces in Ukraine see the biggest confession of his state of the enemy of his people, – it only says the radicalism of these forces: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church maintains political neutrality and is making all efforts To restore peace in the country", where he finished. On September 19 the head of the 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. 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.