Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The Minister of Culture of Ukraine Evgeny Nishchuk stated on the air of the “Pryamoy” TV channel that the inventory that was carried out in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra revealed the loss of some valuable icons.
“We have already partially carried out a full inventory, full reports are now being send to us. There are some losses of icons from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra”said Nishchuk
He also assumed that the icons could’ve been missing “since 2003”.
“Criminal proceedings were initiated on the basis of this verification. All documentation has been sent to law enforcement bodies”concluded the minister.
The doctor of historical science and professor of the Moscow State Linguistic University Roman Silantyev commented to RT about the statement of the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Evgeny Nishchuk.
“It is for this purpose that they arranged this verification, so that they would surely find something. I did not doubt that they would discover that some things are missing. This is one of the elements of the pressure being put on the canonical church. There are no doubts that it will result in criminal cases”considers the expert
According to him, two monasteries [of the Moscow Patriarchate – ed] are now being attacked in Ukraine – the Kiev-Pechersk and Pochayev Lavras.
“The policy of putting aggressive pressure on the church will continue. Of course, Kiev will try not to bring the matter to direct clashes, since it is still ashamed in front of the international community. But this practice is very widespread”noted Silantyev
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