Expert: If believers protested, there would be no anti-church laws

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If you are afraid to like on Facebook, what are you hoping for? Ruslan Bortnik asks Ukrainians.

Ruslan Bortnik, Director of the Ukrainian Institute for Policy Analysis and Management, on the air of the Right to Faith program on First Cossack youtube channel, said that if believers actively protested, there would be no anti-church actions from the authorities.

Ruslan Bortnik commented on the words of the host of the program, Yan Taksiur, who said that now more and more speakers of the UOC begin to talk about the experience of believers in Montenegro, where up to half of the country's population attended religious processions, and as a result, the anti-church bill was abolished.

“If people who want to honor the memory of the Great Patriotic War (WWII – Ed.), who want to speak their native language and go to churches they believe right for themselves, would go to protests and rallies, none of this would have happened (adoption of anti-church laws in Ukraine – Ed.)," said Bortnik.

“Once the public enemies are exhausted, sooner or later they will come for you, they will go from door to door. If you want to live a normal life, take an active political position. If you are afraid to like on Facebook, what are you hoping for?” he added.

As the UOJ previously reported, Metropolitan Varsonofy told the youth about the history of the UOC and the current persecution.

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