Religion and policy

  • 14 March 2018, 11:48 | Religion and policy | 

    A priest of UOC-MP deprived of his parish because of prayer for Ukrainian Army

    In Zaporizhia, Fr Igor Savva, a priest of the Moscow Patriarchate, was deprived of his parish due to his pro-Ukrainian position. According to the faithful, Father Igor, in particular, prayed for the victory of Ukraine’s Armed Forces and refused to remember Russian Patriarch Kirill in the Liturgy.

  • 26 February 2018, 11:11 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Ukrainian MP and religious scholar Victor Yelenskyy: Patriarch Kirill directly involved in conflict incitement in Ukraine

    The MP says that the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church - Patriarch Kirill, the RF special services and Russian diplomacy are directly involved in the destabilization of the situation between Orthodox believers.

  • 21 February 2018, 12:50 | Religion and policy | 

    Party of Regions ex-member switches to Christian Socialism

    Mykhailo Dobkin, notorious MP of the Opposition Bloc has announced the establishment of his own party, the Christian Socialists.

  • 21 February 2018, 09:38 | Islam | 

    Political religion is not a problem of sole Islam, - scholar

    The problem of the so-called "political religion" or its politicization is a phenomenon that affects not only Islamism, but also religions and the twenty-first century in general. Religion becomes an instrument for solving political problems in order to achieve the interests of individual elites, experts said during a press conference “Islam in politics: from the annexation of Crimea to the" Olive branch in Syria”, which took place in Kyiv on Tuesday, February 20.

  • 16 February 2018, 12:20 | Religion and policy | 

    Political religion of the UOC-MP did harm to Church, says Archimandrite Cyril (Hovorun)

    “I was categorically against the Russian world ideologeme, which emerged before the war in the east of Ukraine and which became the main instrument of aggression against Ukraine,” said Archimandrite Cyril (Hovorun), who is now a lecturer at the University Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, USA, in an interview with Voice of America, Radio Liberty has reported.

  • 1 February 2018, 09:27 | Religion and policy | 

    In 1947, 15 Orthodox bishops of 18 were the KGB agents

    The most valuable agents of the KGB in the episcopate of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine in 1947 were “Petrov” in the east and “Hlibov” and “Ivanov”" - in the west, according to a note published by historian Roman Skakun.

  • 26 January 2018, 10:32 | Religion and policy | 

    Victor Yelenskyy: the Kremlins opens one of its fronts in Ukraine – the Church front

    Commenting on the latest statement by the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, who demanded from the European entities the immediate reaction to the “persecution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” the MP said: “For them, this is a very important tool for discrediting Ukraine.” The so-called church front has long been among the major ones. Attempts to discredit the state, policies in the field of religion, church, the rights of believers have been made literally on a flat ground.”

  • 27 December 2017, 16:47 | Terrorism | view photo | 

    From the captivity of militants of "DNR" released scientist Igor Kozlovsky

    63-year-old Ukrainian theologian and historian Igor Kozlovski was released yesterday from the captivity in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic. He was in captivity of militants from January 2016. He was accused of espionage and sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison.

  • 15 December 2017, 12:22 | Religion and policy | 

    UOC-MP blesses flags of Russian combat ships in Crimea

    On December 13, 2017, the ceremony of the solemn consecration of St Andrew’s flags, which since 2001 was the flags of the Navy of the Russian Federation, took place in Russia-annexed Sevastopol. The blessing ceremony was held for warships and auxiliary vessels of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy, Religion in Ukraine has reported citing

  • 30 November 2017, 11:28 | Religion and policy | 

    Patriarch Kirill gets insight: only UOC-MP can unite Ukrainian society

    In his speech at the Council of Bishops, which started in Moscow on November 29, Patriarch Kirill made a mention of Ukraine. The speech of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church could not boast any originality, as it reproduced all the same theses, which were repeatedly voiced.

  • 21 November 2017, 11:22 | Land and property problems | 

    Seized premises of the UOC-KP to be passed to Crimean Ministry of Property

    In early 2016, the Crimean Diocesan Department of the UOC-Kyivan Patriarchate, according to the decision of the “Arbitration Court of the Republic of Crimea,” was deprived of parts of the premises in the center of Simferopol, which houses the Cathedral of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles, Prince Volodymyr and Olga.

  • 25 October 2017, 15:18 | Religion and policy | 

    "Kremlin needs a total religious war in Ukraine", Archbishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate

  • 25 October 2017, 11:01 | Religion and policy | 

    Occupants persecute all churches in Donbas except for the UOC-MP

    Only the churches of the UOC (MP) thrive in the occupied territory of the Donbas, as they serve the occupiers. This is stated in the study “Occupied Donbass: Economics, Demography, Impact Groups, Strategies for Ukraine,” jointly conducted by the Center for the Study of Russia and the Occupied Territories and the “Delovaya Stolitsa” edition.

  • 20 October 2017, 10:08 | Terrorism | 

    UOC-MP clergy in Kadiyivka blessed a regiment of the so called Luhansk People Republic Cossaks to wage war on Ukraine

    Andriy Kovalev, the press secretary of the Ukrainian Parliament’s Chairman, a public activist, in response to the events, urged the leaders of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine to ban the service of two “terrorists in the robes”, and the SBU - to put Fr Serhii Varnavsky and Ioan Redenko on a list of wanted persons.

  • 17 October 2017, 14:07 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    The so-called Expert Council in Luhansk decides the destiny of Jehovah’s Witnesses

    The Expert Council for Religious Expertise will begin its work in Luhansk, a local newspaper reports citing the so-called Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth in the so called Luhansk People Republic (part of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian and pro-Russian militants), according to Hromadske Radio.

  • 5 October 2017, 13:20 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    Baptist pastors banned entry to DNR

    It is often the case that in the districts of Donetsk region districts the separatists of the Donetsk People's Republic prohibit entry to ministers, the leaders of local Baptist communities, Religion in Ukraine reports citing the website of Baptists in Ukraine.

  • 25 September 2017, 10:59 | Religion and policy | 

    Pro-Russian metropolitan of the UOC arbitrarily changes his title

    Renaming the two regional centers of Ukraine - the city of Dnipropetrovsk (into Dnipro) and Kirovohrad (to Kropyvnytskyy) within the framework of the law on decommunization of 2015 did not entail any corresponding changes either in the names of the dioceses of the UOC (MP) or in the titles of the ruling bishops, which leads to confusion in the Church itself.

  • 13 September 2017, 11:05 | Religion and policy | 

    ‘Russian World’ to be taught at Christian ethic classes in Donetsk People’s Republic

    Metropolitan Mytrofan (Nikitin) of Horlivka and Slovyansk of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) blessed the preparation of teachers for a new subject, “Christian Ethics,” in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas.

  • 13 September 2017, 11:03 | Religion and policy | 

    Monks of the UOC (MP) hid a famous terrorist from Novorossia in Kremenets

    Margaret Seidler, who has now joined the "militia" of the so-called Novorossia, told to Russian media a story of her residence in Ternopil region.

  • 17 August 2017, 10:29 | Children young people and religion | 

    Crimean Human Right Organization detects participation of the Church in militarization of children

    The Crimean human rights group released a report entitled "Human rights in the context of militarization of Crimea", which lists the facts of human rights violations by Russian militaries and representatives of illegal paramilitaries in the territory of the annexed peninsula.