Employees of the security Service of Ukraine conducted searches on the residence of the superior of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Vyshgorodsky Chernobyl and Paul, in the case of “inciting sectarian strife”, according to the portal “Orthodox life” with reference to Interfax-religion.ru.
“The SBU conducts searches in the place of residence of the Primate of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Pavel on charges of violation of equality of citizens depending on their racial, national belonging or attitude towards religion (article 161 of the criminal code of Ukraine – ed.). Case faktovoe”, – reported in SBU.
According News.church.ua the searches are held in the farms of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in the village of Voronko, Boryspil district, Kyiv region. On the morning of 30 November 2018 there arrived three buses with the representatives of the SBU.
A day earlier, at a briefing in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Pavel said that he, as a citizen of Ukraine, opened a few cases. The Lord said that he “was never against the sovereignty of the state”, on the contrary – “standing on the foundations of independence in 1991”.
“I want to assure you: I am a citizen of my country, I am the son of Ukraine, who would not say that. Wish our patriots to be true patriots, not in words but in deeds,” said Metropolitan Paul.
Commenting on the threats to Laura, and him personally by the Lord Deputy has noticed: “I wonder if there will be searches and harassment”.