Invaders again demand that the Metropolitan of the OCU dismantle the church in Yevpatoria

18.03.2021, 14:20
Invaders again demand that the Metropolitan of the OCU dismantle the church in Yevpatoria - фото 1
On March 15, 2021, Metropolitan Klyment of Simferopol and the Crimean Orthodox Church of Ukraine received another request from the so-called "Department of the Federal Bailiff Service for the Republic of Crimea in Yevpatoria" regarding the immediate dismantling of the Church of the Most Pure Image of Theotokos of the Unburnt Bush.

This is reported by Golos Krymu.

According to the demand of the occupation authorities, the dismantling and release of the municipal land plot must be completed by March 24, 2021.

Protocol No. 1484/21/82011 – AP of March 03, 2021, on an administrative offense drawn up by bailiff Ishchuk Vladlena Andreyevna, specifies that the administration of the Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church did not comply with the decision of the so-called "Yevpatoria City Court" of November 06, 2019 (entered into legal force on January 20, 2020), where the parish of the Most Pure Image of Theotokos of the Unburnt Bush and the administration of the Crimean dioceses of the Ukrainian Orthodox church was ordered to dismantle the church in Evpatoria.

In connection with the non-enforcement of the "court" decision on November 3, 2020, " by the Senior Bailiff in Yevpatoria " V. N. Moroz issued a decision in the case of an administrative offense under Part 1 of Article 17.15 of the Code of the Russian Federation, according to which the Ukrainian Church was found guilty of not dismantling the church and therefore must pay an administrative fine in the amount of 30 thousand rubles.

Furthermore, according to the decision of November 18 2020, "by the bailiff on M. Yevpatoria" Oksana Volodymyryivna Lazarevych of the Ukrainian Church has set a new deadline for the execution of the decision of the "Yevpatoria Court". The defendants "in the case", namely, the community and the administration of the Crimean Diocese of the OCU must carry out work on dismantling the church by December 3, 2020.

The requirements for dismantling were again not met, so on December 3, 2020, the head of the department – a Senior Bailiff – issued another decision on an administrative offense and imposed a penalty in the form of an administrative fine, but in the amount of 50 thousand rubles.

It should be noted that the "Resolution on the appointment of a new term of execution" of March 4, 2021, is warning the Office of the Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church that if it does not further comply with court decisions, it will be liable under Art. 315 of the Criminal Code, which provides for a fine of up to 200 thousand rubles, or deprivation of the right to engage in certain activities for up to 5 years, or compulsory labor for up to 6 months, or forced labor for up to 2 years, or arrest for up to 5 years up to 6 months or imprisonment for up to 2 years.

As reported, the construction of the church in the city of Yevpatoria was launched before 2014. Repeated attempts to demolish the church were made before and after 2014. At about 4 a.m., on December 3, 2013, unknown persons set fire to the church, while the rector of the church, Father Yaroslav, left for Kyiv in support of the Maidan rally. Part of the temple building and the dome, which has not yet been installed, were damaged. Maidan activists raised funds for a new dome and still installed it. In 2014, Vladyka Klyment reported in the media that the initiator of the demolition of the church was the deputy chairman of the Crimean Republican cultural and Educational Society of krymchaks "K'rimchakhlar" M. I. Purim. And already in 2019, the so-called "Yevpatoria City Court" Judge Lobanova G. B.) issued a decision in absentia to demolish this church.

On November 3, 2020, Metropolitan Klyment of the OCU appealed to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, where an online thematic event was held on the human rights situation in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. In his video address, he spoke about the situation around the Crimean Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Crimea.