A bill on sanctions against Patriarch and hierarchs of ROС submitted to VR

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Photo: life.ru

The authors of the bill declare "criminal activities" of Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan Hilarion, Metropolitan Tikhon and Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.

A draft law on sanctions against Patriarch Kirill and another three representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada.

The corresponding draft resolution No. 7332 was registered by the Ukrainian Parliament on April 29.

More than 20 MPs from the parties "Voice", "Servant of the People", "European Solidarity", "Freedom" are submitting the document for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada. Among them are the authors of bills No. 7204 and 7213 on the prohibition of the UOC.

The bill prescribes to impose sanctions against Patriarch Kirill, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeev) of Volokolamsk, Head of the DECR ROC, Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Pskov and Porkhov, and Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, Deputy Head of the DECR MP “for systematic and active support of the war against Ukraine, legitimization of the invasion of troops and the genocide of Ukrainians by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”, as well as support for the “Russian world” ideology.

The sanctions proposed for consideration by the National Security and Defense Council provide, in particular, a ban on entry and blocking of assets, temporary restriction of the right of a person to use and dispose of his property, restriction of trade operations, restriction, partial or complete cessation of the transit of resources, flights and transportation through the territory of Ukraine, prevention of the withdrawal of capital outside Ukraine, suspension of the fulfillment of economic and financial obligations, deprivation of state awards of Ukraine, other forms of honoring, a ban on the acquisition of land plots and others.

As the UOJ reported earlier, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada stated the Parliament does not intend to raise an issue of banning the UOC.

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