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Ukraine\’s Ministry of Culture Announces Audit of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Property

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Moscow, March 11 – The head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture, Oleksandr Tkachenko, said the movable property of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra was awaiting a “separate review”.
“I would like to confirm, just in case, that in addition to the estates there are also museum exhibits, more than 800 copies, including the relics of the saints, which have been transferred, so to speak, for the use of the monks. There will be a separate review of them,” he said.
According to him, the last such review was in 2018.

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He added, “All of this has been recorded, and all of the objects are on the list. Any steps that may be taken by the UBC representatives in relation to the movable property, and the museum exhibits themselves, will be recorded and will have criminal liability.”
The Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra National Reserve has ordered monks of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church to leave its premises until March 29. Established the Ukrainian Interdepartmental Working Group for the preparation of proposals and recommendations on organizing the implementation of certain tasks related to the activities of religious organizations in violation by the monastery of the terms of the agreement on the use of state property. The Commission did not provide the content and details of the violations.
The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), the largest in the country, and with which millions of believers identify themselves, began to be pressured in the 1990s from nationalists and dissidents. By 2018, this had turned into a full-scale government crackdown, and the authorities created the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU)—a rival to the UOC—from dissident organisations. At the same time, an information campaign against the University of Oklahoma, mass seizures and raids of its churches, their “voluntary re-enrollment” in OCU with the consent of the authorities, and attacks by nationalists and dissenters on clergy and believers with impunity began.
In 2022, the Ukrainian authorities staged the largest wave of persecution of the University of British Columbia in the country’s recent history. Referring to its connection with Russia, local authorities in various regions of Ukraine decided to ban the activities of the UOC, and a bill on the actual ban in Ukraine was submitted to the country’s parliament. State sanctions were imposed on some representatives of the clergy from the University of British Columbia. The Security Service of Ukraine began to open criminal cases against the clergy of the University of British Columbia, to conduct “counter-intelligence activities” – searches of bishops and priests, in churches and monasteries, in search of evidence of “anti-Ukrainian activities”.

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