SBU is investigating the case of violation of the religious equality of citizens representatives of UOC diocese of Zaporozhye

Kiev. January 11. INTERFAX – Information about the violation of religious equality of the citizens of the individual representatives of the diocese of Zaporozhye of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the public organization “the Union of Orthodox Radomir and unidentified persons entered in the Unified register of pre-judicial investigations, the case involved the investigation Department of the security Service of Ukraine in Zaporozhye region.

“11.01.2018 in the Unified register of pretrial investigations included information on … part 3 of article 161 of the criminal code of Ukraine (violation of equality of citizens depending on their race, national origin, religious belief, disability and other grounds) regarding the Commission, some representatives of the diocese of Zaporozhye of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), NGO “Union of Orthodox Radomir and other unidentified persons deliberate actions aimed at inciting national, religious enmity and hatred, insult the feelings of citizens in connection with their religious beliefs, resulting in serious consequences in the form of the occurrence of clashes and riots in the Zaporozhye region and other regions of Ukraine”, – wrote press Secretary of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Larisa Sargan on the page in “Facebook” on Thursday.

To ensure rapid and effective investigation of the facts of the case of USBU in the Zaporozhye region there are in the procedural manual group of employees of the Prosecutor of Zaporozhye region. Pre-judicial investigation proceeds, are held urgent investigative actions.

The investigation established that the representatives of UOC diocese of Zaporozhye “allow a selective approach to the implementation of religious rites, the advantage to those who passed the rite of baptism in UOC (MP), that they offend the feelings of citizens in connection with their religious beliefs,” wrote L. garfish.

In addition, said press Secretary of the Prosecutor General, these people from the UOC condemn the communion of the Church in the Ukrainian language, “the humiliated national pride of citizens of Ukraine”.

“Some representatives of the religious organizations in recent times allow statements about the unity of the Slavic Orthodox peoples under the spiritual guidance of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). Among parishioners spreading information about the necessity of unification of Ukraine with Russia and condemned the European direction of development of our country, condemned the conduct of the antiterrorist operation, as well as justify the actions of the Russian Federation in relation to Ukraine”, – said in the message.

In early January, in Zaporizhia, the priests of the UOC refused to read the burial service of the deceased boy, who was baptized in the self-proclaimed “Kiev Patriarchate”. This caused outrage among many citizens not only in Kiev but also in other regions. In many communities took action to “Bring the doll” – to the churches of the UOC people brought toys.

In Zaporozhye on the eve of Christmas outside the temple Peter and Fevronia of the UOC Church security beat two Cossacks who brought there children’s toys.