Ukrainian “Svoboda” Nationalists Attacked an Orthodox Children’s Camp and Assaulted a Journalist in Chernigov

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


30 radical thugs attacked an orthodox children’s camp that was organised for 110 Ukrainian children by the Nezhyn diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and then assaulted the officials who supported it.

As the archbishop of Nezhinsky and Priluksky Kliment (Vecherya) said, representatives of the Svoboda party came and terrorised the children’s camp.

The Nezhyn diocese organised for children of different ages an outdoor orthodox camp, which extremely outraged the nationalists.

“For some reason this caused an extremely big wave of indignation among the local nationalist radical – in particular, representatives of the ‘Svoboda’ party and other nationalist groups.

At first they started hurling threats at me, and then decided to visit the children’s camp. Fortunately they miscalculated. The camp had finished its activity one day earlier, otherwise I can’t even imagine what would’ve happened,” said archbishop Kliment.

The members of the “Svoboda” organisation also attacked the editor-in-chief of the “News of the Borzna Region” newspaper Sergey Bliznuk on the premises of the Borzna regional public administration. This was reported by the press service of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Chernigov region.

“The main reason that the victim is being blamed is because in the regional ‘News of the Borzna Region’ newspaper there was article about the youth orthodox summer camp ‘On the Galilean Sea’ that was organised by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate for more than 100 children from the Chernigov region,” it is said in the message.

The attackers landed blows on the journalist’s head and forced him to write a letter of resignation.

“I was summoned to the regional state administration by the chief of staff, and was told that the public organisations of participants of the ‘ATO’ had gathered there. I immediately guessed what it will be about, because recently everyone sharply criticises any mention of the Moscow Patriarchate. I came to the regional state administration, and then I was told to write a letter of resignation, which I did,” described Bliznuk.

After this the gang rushed towards the vice-chairman of the Borzna regional state administration Aleksandr Maximov and the employees of the administration Elena Taran and Evgeny Tarnovsky. They forced them to also write a letter of resignation.

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“I can’t even imagine what would have happened if these bandits – I call a spade a spade – had rushed into the camp where 110 children from the Chernigov region were spending their vacation.

They don’t like the fact that the Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) organised this camp. They would want there to be those camps that the ‘Svoboda’ party organises, in order to teach children to throw grenades and to kill.

That’s why they attacked representatives of the district administration who allowed children to be brought up in goodness, love, and mutual respect,” noted the archbishop.

Also, it became known that representatives of “Svoboda” didn’t stop here, and threatened the transporters by saying that they will burn their buses or will slash their tyres if they help those believers join the religious procession that will take place on July 27th from Vladimir hill to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

Archbishop Kliment added that he will definitely contact the police and human rights organisations, because it is inadmissible to attack people under the excuse of patriotism.

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