The first signs of an attack on the UOC are already evident

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The Verkhovna Rada has registered a draft law on amending some legislative acts of Ukraine (regarding the prohibition of the production and distribution of information products aimed at promoting the actions of the aggressor state), which confirms the start of an attack on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, writes the “Politics of Strana” Telegram channel.

The main author of the document is the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Also, other members of the European Solidarity faction, Golos, the Trust and For the Future groups and, importantly, a number of Servants of the People, in particular Nikita Poturayev (head of the profile committee) and Yelizaveta Bogutskaya, signed the project. This indicates that, in this case, it may not be about Poroshenko’s usual PR.

The draft proposes to supplement Part I of Art. 16 of the Law of Ukraine “On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations” with new provisions that will make it possible to terminate the activities of a religious organization by a court decision.

Thus, it is proposed to terminate the activities of religious organizations if the court establishes that a religious organization has committed actions aimed at: liquidating the independence of Ukraine, changing the constitutional order by force, violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state, undermining its security, illegal seizure of state power, propaganda of war, violence , incitement of interethnic, racial, religious hatred, encroachment on human rights and freedoms, public health, propaganda of communist and / or national socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes and their symbols; violation of the equality of citizens depending on their racial, national, regional affiliation, religious beliefs, disability and other grounds; dissemination of information containing justification, recognition as legitimate, denial of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which began in 2014.

It is clear that the meaning of this law is to create grounds for the liquidation of the UOC in court under one of the aforementioned far-fetched pretexts.

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