Metropolitan Mitrofan detained by police without giving a reason
Metropolitan Mitrofan of Gorlovka and Slavyansk considers his detention at the checkpoint and convoy to the police a pressure from the authorities.
On February 18, 2019, Metropolitan Mitrofan of Gorlovka and Slavyansk was detained at a checkpoint and escorted to the Slavyansk police department, reports the site of the Gorlovka eparchy.
Met. Mitrophan was returning from having just celebrated a service in one of his diocesan churches when he was stopped at the checkpoint in the village of Malinkovka and taken to the police department for identification. When asked about the reasons for his detention, the policeman replied that in accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On the National Police”, he has the right to detain any person for 3 hours without charge.
The bishop was searched and then escorted to the Slavyansk police department by an operations group. The bishop had a conversation with the investigator, during which no charges were brought. However, he was soon released and left in the direction of the eparchial administration.
“I believe this was an attempt of pressure from the authorities,” the archpastor emphasized.
After the incident became known to the faithful of the diocese, they gathered with the clergy of the diocese at the police department to support Vladyka.
“There was a feeling that now I could put on the robe and begin to serve the Liturgy. I am very grateful to both the clergy and the laity for organized support and prayers,” the ruling bishop of the Gorlovka eparchy said.
Metropolitan Mitrofan Gorlovka and Slavyansk was returning to the Gorlovka eparchial administration from the village of Stavki of the Liman district, where he had celebrated Divine Liturgy on the feast day of the Church of St. Theodosius of Chernigov.
The incident comes just a day after the Gorlovka eparchy declared its loyalty to the canonical Church and its primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine.