MOSCOW, September 26 — RIA Novosti. In the Moscow Patriarchate opposed the “arbitrary arrests” and persecution of people on religious or ethnic grounds in Ukraine.
“We believe that in the countries that have adopted commitments on the protection of the rights and human dignity, should not be arbitrary arrests and other forms of persecution for sharing their beliefs or their professed faith, their language or ethnicity. It is impossible to remain indifferent to violence against the dissidents, especially the killings of journalists and writers. I sincerely believe that incidents like the recent burning of the office of the Ukrainian TV channel “inter” will never happen” — said in a statement on Monday, the official statement of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate on relations of the Church with society and the media.
As specified in the ROC, the statement is made “in connection with an open letter from the representative of the schismatic religious structure “of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate in Crimea in the address of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Cyril”. While in the Synodal Department did not elaborate on what was said in the letter.
“We hope for a fair and impartial investigation carried out over recent years of numerous crimes against the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, including the murder of priests and monks, assaults and beatings of parishioners of Orthodox temples by the armed extremists. We believe that peace and harmony is impossible without strict respect for the rights and freedoms of man and without a willingness to resolve all differences through sincere search for mutually acceptable solutions”, — said in a statement.