World Russian People’s Council threatens with legal prosecution to those who try to capture churches in Ukraine

Natalya Mihailova | 26 February 2014

UnknownMoscow, February 26, Interfax – Human Rights Center of the World Russian People’s Council is concerned with the attempts of capturing churches of the Moscow Patriarchate.

“As we have learned, attempts to seize churches and monasteries of the canonical Ukrainian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate have become more recent,” director of the Human Rights Center Roman Silantyev told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.

He stressed that “religious groups that initiate such captures have their communities in Russia.”

“If the attempts of capturing churches are further taken, the WRPC Human Rights Center is ready to initiate the process of recognizing such organizations extremist with following liquidation of their Russian offices and ban for their activists to enter Russia,” the interviewee of the agency said.

As was reported, representatives of the self-proclaimed Kiev Patriarchate threatened to throw “Molotov cocktails” to the building of the diocesan administration in the Sumy Region of Ukraine. They arrived by buses to the Pochaev Laura in the Ternopol Region. The Laura press-service reported that schismatics prepared a provocation, but it wasn’t realized.

The World Russian People’s Council is an international non-governmental organization set up in 1993. Government officials, NGO members, top-ranking clerics, university teachers, students, science and cultural figures and others traditionally take part in its sessions. The Council is led by the patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The World Russian People’s Council was granted special consultative status at the UN in 2005.

Source: Interfax-Religion

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