On the evening of Friday, July 30, 2021, at the door of the house of Father John Tkach, the rector of the Transcarpathian community of the UOC in the Transcarpathian village of Yasinya (Plitovaty village), they “handed over” a notice of criminal suspicion opened against him in the case of theft of a safe from the church community of the OCU. This was announced by Archpriest Vitaly Kemin, Dean of the Yasinyan District of the Khust Diocese of the UOC, writes the UOJ.
According to the dean, Father John did not sign for the suspicion, he was simply left where the priest lives. The priest immediately handed over the received document to the lawyer.
It also became known that Father John heard that he would be taken away in handcuffs, but after he brought a lawyer to the case, the threats of ill-wishers stopped.
The kidnapping of the church safe from the Transfiguration Church, which was taken by the OCU in 2019, became known on May 25, 2021. The discovered theft was reported on Facebook by the current rector of the OCU, Christian Ruschak.
Despite the fact that at about the same time several churches in the neighboring Ivano-Frankivsk region were robbed, local law enforcement officers considered it necessary to conduct searches in the house of the head of the UOC community, which suffered from the raiding of the OCU. Although the police did not find anything either at the address of residence or at the address of registration, a suspicion was registered against the priest.
Also, on May 22, 2021, the robbed Transfiguration Community consecrated the site for the construction of a new church. Despite many provocations and attacks, the parish not only did not diminish after the raider attack, but strengthened and practically completed the construction of a new church in less than three months. Throughout August, believers plan to consecrate the temple; the community fears new manifestations of discrimination.