Religion and policy

  • 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.

  • 26 July 2017, 12:00 | Religion and policy | 

    Statements about the repressions against the UOC-MP are the Kremlin’s daydreams, Victor Yelenskyy believes

    Statements of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) about the “harassment and persecution” that supposedly take place are “daydreaming being broadcast from Moscow”, which, in turn, considers the UOC (MP) as “a branch of the Russian Church.”

  • 25 July 2017, 10:53 | Religion and society | 

    Ukrainian Orthodox bishop of Crimea visited in court of the Muslim imprisoned by Russian authorities

    The UOC-KP Patriarchate Archbishop of Simferopol and the Crimea Clement visited in the court room the activist Volodymyr Baluch, arrested in Crimea by Russian regimes that annexed the peninsula.

  • 21 July 2017, 09:48 | Religion and policy | 

    Ruling Bishop of UOC MP Diocese of Luhansk met with OSCE representatives

    On June 18, 2017, Metropolitan Mytrofan of Luhansk and Alchevsk met with Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and Deputy Coordinator of the OSCE Observer Group in the Lugansk region Almir Mehanovic at his work residence.

  • 20 July 2017, 11:23 | Religion and policy | 

    Ukrainian MPs propose to start assemblies with a prayer

    Several members of the Ukrainian parliament registered a bill on changes in the rules of procedure. He presupposes that the opening of each plenary session in Parliament, the prayer "Our Father," should be read, reported on the official website of the Verkhovna Rada.

  • 9 July 2017, 10:46 | Church-state relations | 

    Crimean Court extends detention of persons involved in Hizb-Ut-Takhrir case for 2 months

    On July 7, the Kremlin-controlled Supreme Court of the annexed Crimea decided to extend the arrest until September 12 to two other persons involved in Bakhchisarai’s “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”: Zevri Abseitov and Enver Mamutov, a correspondent for Radio Svoboda in Crimea reports.

  • 6 July 2017, 13:09 | Church-state relations | 

    People persecuted by court in Crimea for their religious convictions

    Crimean Human Rights Group records the facts of oppression and persecution of believers in the occupied Crimea.

  • 19 June 2017, 11:44 | Religion and policy

    Patriarch Kirill was Yanukovych’s Spiritual Father

    Viktor Yanukovych supported the Moscow Patriarchate, because his confessor was Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. Leonid Kravchuk was reported as saying this in an interview on 112 TV-channel.

  • 14 June 2017, 10:20 | Religion and policy

    RCC bishop advises not to prophesy why the Ukrainian nation suffers

    In a conversation on Radio Maria about some current events that occurred last week Bishop of Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine Stanislav Shyrokoradiuk touched on the recent statement of the head of Roman Catholic Bishops in Ukraine, Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, who linked the “sin of Ukrainian nation” (before the Poles) with the war in Donbas, which caused reaction, Religion in Ukraine reports.

  • 8 June 2017, 14:03 | Religion and policy | 

    Kyiv Patriarchate spokesman opposes ban on the UOC (MP)

    The spokesman for the UOC-KP, Archbishop Yevstratii (Zorya) has spoken against banning the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine. He believes such a ban will be an invaluable gift to Moscow and might help it ignite a religious civil war in Ukraine.

  • 8 June 2017, 13:30 | Religion and policy

    After the fall of Putin, ROC to face the time of trial and suffering - Yevstratii (Zorya)

    Spokesman for the UOC-KP Archbishop Yevstratii (Zorya) believes that in Russia the Church serves the interests of the government and therefore after the collapse of the Putin regime the ROC would face difficult times.

  • 29 May 2017, 16:24 | Religion and policy | view photo

    Metropolitan Mokrzycki gave the interview to Polish media which outraged many Ukrainians

  • 18 May 2017, 11:13 | Protests and conflicts | view photo

    UOC (MP) gathers protesters at the Parliament

    Today, May 18, representatives of the UOC (MP) took to the Parliament to oppose changes to religious law. The protesters called them “anti-church laws.”In particular, Bill No 4128 (the procedure for jurisdiction change) and No. 4511 (on a special status for denominations whose centers are located in Russia).

  • 16 May 2017, 09:36 | Terrorism

    Donetsk militants agree to put on exchange lists religious scholar Ihor Kozlovskyy

    “It is important that all parties recognize that Ukraine has completed hard work and demonstrated compromise, progress, which brings us closer to the release of hostages. Another side has finally promised in the format of trilateral contact group that when negotiating the final lists Ihor Kozlovskyy will be included. The only question is when the other party stops inventing flimsy reasons for the delay and we agree on the date of release,” Gerashchenko said.

  • 5 May 2017, 10:03 | Terrorism

    Patriarch Kirill refuses to facilitate Igor Kozlovsky’s release from captivity

    “It is sedition. We even asked the Patriarch to help release Igor, but received a letter saying it is our internal affair,” said Deputy Director of the Institute of Philosophy, Professor Anatoliy Kolodnyy.