Chief Lawyer: It is premature to declare the victory of OCU in Krasnoselka

Archpriest Alexander Bakhov. Photo:

The religious community of the UOC in the village of Krasnoselka hasn’t exhausted the means of protection against raider seizure, Fr. Alexander Bakhov emphasized.

It is premature to declare the victory of the OCU in the village of Krasnoselka, Vinnytsia region, where the raider seizure of the St. John the Theological Church of the UOC took place on September 3, 2021. The head of the Legal Department of the UOC, Archpriest Alexander Bakhov, said this in a comment to the UOJ.

He recalled that the religious community of the UOC in the village of Krasnoselka challenged in court the compulsory re-registration in the OCU, which was carried out according to the standard scheme by the decision of the Vinnytsia Regional Administration.

According to the lawyer, the rulings of the judges in this process were biased “since we have repeatedly come across the fact that they are looking for flaws in our applications so as not to accept them for consideration. Thus, the Supreme Court did not accept for consideration the cassation appeal filed by the religious community”.

“Despite this, at this stage, the means of protection of the religious community from raider seizure have not been exhausted, and the case is not closed yet. There are mechanisms that allow the community to further defend its rights,” said Archpriest Alexander Bakhov.

As far as it is known, the head of the Legal Department added, the Krasnoselka community of the UOC has an intention to continue the struggle for its rights, and it is premature to declare the victory of the OCU supporters.

He also clarified that the court decided on the issue of illegal re-registration of the community but not on the ownership or use of the temple. It is not known on the basis of what documents the representatives of the OCU entered it "but it is clear that this temple does not belong to them".

As reported, on September 3, supporters of the OCU seized the St. John the Theological Church in Krasnoselka, previously sealed by the police. The next day, the schismatics performed a "thanksgiving prayer" in it and assured that they had entered the church "on the basis of the decision of the courts of all instances".

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