UOC hierarchs enter Mirotvorets database for “counteracting SLC initiative”

Logotype of Mirotvorets (Peacemaker) site

The notorious resource incriminates “counteracting the initiative of the President and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on establishing an independent Local Church.”

The data about Chancellor of the UOC, Metropolitan Anthony (Pakanich) of Borispol and Brovary, and head of the UOC Representation to European International Organizations Bishop Victor (Kotsaba) of Baryshevka, and deputy chair of the Department for External Church Relations Protopriest Nikolai Danilevich were placed into the “Purgatory” of “Mirotvorets” site on May 8.

Among the "accusations" put forward by the resource against the hierarchs is the "counteraction to the initiative" of President Petro Poroshenko and the Verkhovna Rada on the creation of the SLC, as well as the opposition to "the independence of Ukrainian Orthodoxy."

In July, 2017, the Directorate of the National Police of Kiev opened a case agaisnt “Mirotvorets”, which publishes contact information of the so-called "traitors of the motherland", including priests of the UOC, who get threatened afterwards.

In September, 2017, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged the authorities of the country to investigate the activity of the site, associated with Advisor to the MIA head Arsen Avakov – Anton Gerashchenko.

In January 2018, after the end of the press conference "Attack on the editorial board of the Union of Orthodox Journalists", during which the director of the media outlet Anna Poddubnaya told about the criminal attack of radicals of the editorial board, which violated the freedom of speech, her personal information entered the “Mirotvorets” database.

On May 7 Arsen Avakov promised a “fast response” in the event of persecutions for faith.

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