Kyivan Orthodox Parish in Crimea Threatened

08.02.2002, 16:39
On 6 February 2002, the authorities of the Crimean eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC–KP) addressed the state and the general public asking for help. The address states that reactionary groups are attempting to take possession of the only UOC-KP parish in Crimea.

Bishop Clement of Simferopol (UOC–KP) asserts that the Property Fund of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (PFARC) is trying to expropriate the premises of the only UOC-KP church on the peninsula, the parish of Sts. Volodymyr and Olha. PFARC refuses to abide by the Crimean Supreme Council's decision of last year to transfer the building to the UOC–KP for a term of fifty years. PFARC is currently preparing to overturn last year's ruling. Bishop Clement believes that the persecution of everything Ukrainian is still continuing in Crimea. source: