Ukraine's police open criminal cases over lockdown violations by Moscow Patriarchate church members
The police have opened five criminal cases and issued five administrative protocols for coronavirus lockdown violations by representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) during Orthodox Easter holidays.
"Easter. The National Police of Ukraine have opened five criminal proceedings and issued five administrative protocols – all concern the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine," adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Zorian Shkiryak said on Facebook on April 20.
In particular, on April 19, police launched criminal proceedings over coronavirus quarantine violations at two monasteries – the Sviatohirsk Holy Assumption Lavra in Donetsk region and the Pochayiv Holy Dormition Lavra in Ternopil region.
Both monasteries are controlled by the UOC-MP.