Expert: After his words about Church, NSDC Secretary must resign
Danilov's statement about the UOC does not correspond to his status as a state official and is discriminational, Ruslan Bortnik believes.
The threats and accusations of NSDC Secretary A. Danilov regarding the peacemaking initiatives of the Church are groundless, and his statement in a state governed by the rule of law would entail his resignation, Ruslan Bortnik, Director of the Ukrainian Institute for Policy Analysis and Management, said in a comment to the UOJ.
“Such statements can be regarded as elements of outright stupidity, discrimination or political order,” the expert noted.
This is what a politician can say - value judgments. But a state official, on the contrary, must provide all the opportunities for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for any forums and events. The UOC is a legal structure, the largest church organization in Ukraine. An official must protect it. "
Danilov's statement shows that he does not understand what civil service is, the political expert suggested.
“In a normal state, such statements would lead to resignation. If something similar were said by an official in the United States or Germany, he would immediately be dismissed,” he said.
According to Ruslan Bortnik, the accusations voiced by Danilov are not true.
“On what basis does Danilov draw his conclusions? Obviously not on the basis of some investigation, because the NSDC cannot investigate anything,” the expert emphasized.
The politologist advised inviting the NSDC to the peacemaking forum, which will be held by the UOC at the Sviatogorsk Lavra so that state officials receive objective information.