2019-01-18 14:07:00

Church takeovers leitmotif of Ukrainian presidential campaign - Russian Orthodox Church

Moscow, January 18, Interfax - The takeovers of churches during the presidential campaign in Ukraine have become unprecedented, according to Vladimir Legoyda, the head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations.

"A situation where religious rights are being violated during the presidential campaign with the silent consent of the authorities, including the takeovers of churches by a group of radicals encouraged by the authorities, is totally unthinkable for European political and legal reality," Legoyda was quoted as saying by the Synodal Department.

"There is no doubt that the current Ukrainian administration's rule will be remembered for decades to come because of the encouragement of brother-hating, church takeovers, and the suffering of innocent believers, not because of magic rituals involving a piece of paper called a tomos brightly colored by Greek handymen," he said.

He called on "those Ukrainian figures who think they are those who fancy themselves creators and destroyers of churches to stop and think about the results the behavior of a bull in a china shop can have."