“Right Sector” Stormed a City Council Session to Prevent the Construction of a Canonical Church

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

22:10:43
11/03/2018

politnavigator.net (Dmitry Skvortsov)

Under the pressure of “Right Sector”, which rushed to the session of the City Council of Bar in the Vinnytsia region, deputies made the decision to refuse the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) the allocation of a site for the construction of a church. Thus, the neo-Nazis forced people’s deputies to transfer the land to the unrecognised “Kiev Patriarchy”.

The activists explained their presence in the sessional hall by saying that, according to “verified information”, allegedly “unknown persons are supposed to visit the session, whose aim is to not allow the inhabitants of Bar to be granted land for a church”. Who, in modern Ukraine, besides Nazis, are allowed to “visit” the sessions of local governmental bodies in this way, of course, wasn’t specified

“Besides this, the question about granting land to Moscow priests for already their fourth church in the city was on the agenda,” said the Right Sector members, revealing their main reason for “concern about the safety of deputies”.

“Nationalists convinced the plenary session to support the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate instead of the church of the occupant,” reported the official site of “Right Sector”, having recognised that “the authorities were frightened by numerous group of nationalists and tried to adduce arguments as to why activists can’t be present in the hall”.

However, “under the sharp looks of Right Sector members, the deputies did everything that was demanded of them: firstly – they cancelled the question about the granting of land to Moscow priests, secondly – the allocation of land for the construction of a church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate”. Moreover, “local deputies immediately approved the construction project,” report the untouchable “heroes”.

They blabbed out that in one of the most densely populated regions of central Ukraine, for the quarter of a century of its existence the inhabitants still don’t have the desire to have parishes of the self-appointed “patriarchate”. And, thanks to the violence of its oprichniks, only in the fifth year of the acting regime did “the creation in the region of a structure of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate begin”.

Meanwhile a reaction from observers of the OSCE and the UN – which have recently started actively monitoring the religious situation in Ukraine – to this achievement in the field of freedom of worship is yet to be seen.

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