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The leadership of the Rivne diocese files a claim for the protection of honor and dignity

Archbishop Pimen of Rivne and the secretary of the diocese, Archpriest Viktor Zemlyanoy, are filing a lawsuit for the protection of honor and dignity against two people’s deputies – Solomiya Bobrovskaya (Voice party) and ex-deputy Andrei Lozovoy (Radical Party). This was reported by the press service of the Rivne diocese.

“Andrey Lozovoy accuses me of working for the FSB and immediately talks about my friendly relations with the SBU. Isn’t that funny to you? I want this gentleman to prove in court with facts everything that he stated on his page. To provide the court with evidence of my, as he writes, boasting of friendship with the head of the SBU: where did I boast, when did I do it and under what circumstances? I am convinced in advance that there will be no evidence, but there will be responsibility for words and actions. Actually, the people’s choice, even if in the past a people’s deputy, should be responsible, everything that he gives out to the public, the court will teach you how to do it, ”comments Bishop Pimen.

Lozovoy calls Archpriest Viktor Zemlyanoy, secretary of the Rivne diocese of the UOC, an FSB agent, a saboteur of a hostile country, a citizen of the Russian Federation, and calls on the SBU to take decisive action. The ex-deputy also tells what he knows about the network of Russian agents in the Rivne region.

“I want to look this person in the eye when he will reasonably answer all these fake reproaches to the court. I also want to ask him a number of questions regarding his parliamentary activities. I am ready to take a polygraph in court together with Andrei Lozovoy to prove to the whole of Ukraine that I am not a collaborator, an FSB agent, as he writes, I do not serve Russia, my only service is to God, every Sunday in church. Lozovoy deliberately incites enmity and hatred. Sitting in the rear, every day he writes dirty posts about the UOC and lies, opening a second front in the country. By filing a lawsuit, we want to achieve a fair reaction of society regarding the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its people, we want them to stop manipulatively dragging the Church into dirty political games.”

People’s Deputy Solomiya Bobrovskaya also wrote about the cooperation of Father Viktor Zemlyanoy with Russian journalists, adding a screenshot of a seven-year-old video.

“Giving interviews in 2015–17 to various journalists, I defended the constitutional rights of Ukrainian citizens, believers of the UOC. And in my opinion, it is those who violate these rights and discredit and humiliate the honor and dignity of believing Ukrainians that undermine the authority of Ukraine,” Father Victor notes.

In the Rivne diocese, they note that they are going to court in order to prove their loyalty to the country and the Church and to convict local officials of lies.

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