Kyivan Orthodox In Crimea Receive Lease On Church

21.06.2002, 23:13
On 16 June 2002, the Supreme Council of Crimea (southern Ukraine) issued a decree according to which a part of the building where the Church of Sts. Volodymyr and Olha is situated will be granted on lease to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP). The lease will be taken out for 1 hryvnia (about 20 cents) per year.

As RISU reported in February, the conflict over the return of the Church of Sts. Volodymyr and Olha arose because the other part of the building was occupied by the Property Fund of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (PFARC).

Representatives of PFARC called an attempt to rent the building illegal, after which parishioners asked the state and the general public for help. Carrying the decree by 77 votes, the Crimean Parliament managed to settle the conflict, and the Crimean Eparchy of the UOC-KP will be able to use the facility until the year 2050. Today, there are 5 Kyivan Orthodox communities on the Crimean peninsula.