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10 December 2012, 18:20 | Comments |
Firstly, I believe that Law 10221 does not substantially alter the “rules of the game” in the church-state field – just because in this state laws generally do not significantly alter the “rules of the game.” And considering the “creative” approach of the courts to interpret laws and the duties of government agencies, I would generally not be too concerned about what laws the parliament passes.
7 May 2009, 15:16 | Analysis |
Recently, someone who is sincerely committed to the ideals of religious freedom was appointed head of the State Department of Ukraine on Matters of State-Confessional Relations for the first time in the history of the Department. But will the new director, Yurii Reshetnikov, be able to uproot the supervisory-repressive spirit of this body, which can be traced back to the position of the Chief Procurator of the Holy Synod at the time of the Russian Empire, and which is a direct successor of the Council on Matters of the Russian Orthodox Church (later, Council on Matters of Religions attached to the Council of Ministers of USSR) that was established by the general of MGB, Georgii Karpov?