Lawyer UOC: Prosecution of Minister of culture of the missing icons – provocation

The Minister of culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nischuk

The Minister has not confirmed their accusations with documents, explained Archpriest Oleksandr bakhov.

Abstract statements of the Minister of culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nischuk about the disappearance of valuable icons from the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is ungrounded and is similar to the provocation, conveyed the words of the head of the Legal Department of the UOC Archpriest Alexander Behova public-political edition of “Apostrophe”.

“Now these statements are quite abstract. Something had disappeared, and nobody knows about it”, – said Archpriest Alexander.

The head of the legal Department of the UOC stressed that his accusations Nishchuk did not substantiate by any documentary evidence, but the basis for statements about the disappearance of valuable icons “should be the conclusion of the Commission that examined all these cultural values.”

“On the basis of this conclusion, the officer can claim that occurred the disappearance of such things, there is a list of these things and then we can specifically say for each object of cultural heritage – what, how, why, to make it clear,” explained Archpriest Alexander.

He noted that the audit Commission conducted a survey of more than 800 objects and issued its opinion in December of 2018, but the text of the opinion reason to hide.

“We do not have access to this document. There are more than 800 buildings surveyed. Every day the Commission visited and checked a number of objects. Why he’s not signed and not published – I don’t know”, – said the lawyer of the UOC.

The Minister of culture of Ukraine Evgeny nisoc said that the full inventory values Lavra carried out only partially, and the “loss” values in the Ukrainian monasteries and churches, the media and the people will be informed later, which will hold a special briefing.

“We have received complaints and the parliamentary and people. We partially already have done a complete inventory, complete reports, we now send. There is some loss of icons from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, we about it we do the briefing,” – said the Minister of culture.

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