Fyodor Venislavsky, MP, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Security and Defense, in an interview with Channel 24, told how property would be taken away from the UOC.
“The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is a national reserve of national importance. This is state property, and most of the iconic places that the UOC uses are state property,” the people’s deputy said.
The deputy said that the Committee on National Security and Defense instructed to check the legality of the property being in the use of the UOC, and if there are problems, take appropriate measures to terminate the lease.
“According to the law on freedom of conscience, if two or more religious organizations claim property, the order or sequence of using the property can be determined by the religious organizations themselves. If there is no agreement, the decision is made by the state authorities. Therefore, the decision of the National Security and Defense Council is in line with the Law and the Constitution of Ukraine,” Venislavsky added.