Media: Ministry of Culture starts inventory at Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

Entrance to the Near Caves of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra

According to media reports, representatives of the Ministry of Culture made an inventory in the Near Caves of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

On November 28, representatives of the Kiev-Pechersk Reserve (under the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine) made an inventory of property in the Near Caves of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, reports "Vesti", referring to the monks of the monastery.

According to “Vesti”, at around 6:00 pm, "certain officials" came to the monastery and said that they had an appropriate order from the Ministry of Culture to make an inventory.

“We do not understand why the unknown people, without any notice, literally fell in and, waving an unclear document, said that they would make an inventory. We did not receive any official letters informing that such actions would be taken but were obliged to let these people in. This is some kind of nihilism and total disrespect for shrines and believers,” the edition cites the words of the monks.

As it turned out, the inventory of the property is carried out by representatives of the Kiev-Pechersk Reserve, which is administered by the Ministry of Culture.

As the UOJ reported, earlier the former leader of the UNA-UNSO and the people's deputy from the Radical Party faction Yuri Shukhevich called on the authorities to establish control over the church property of the Kiev-Pechersk and Pochaev Lavras. Shukhevich published a parliamentary appeal demanding “accounting and registration of historical and cultural values”, referring to media reports of “the export of church property being prepared” at the Lavras.

In September, the state bodies of Ukraine, by order of the Minister of Culture Yevgeny Nishchuk, began an inventory of the UOC property.

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