11 January 2018 in the Unified register of pretrial investigations included information on signs of a criminal offence on the actions of individual representatives of the diocese of Zaporozhye of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). About this in his Facebook said the speaker of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko Larisa Sargan.
The criminal proceedings initiated under part 3 of article 161 of the Criminal code of Ukraine (violation of equality of citizens depending on their race, national origin, religious belief, disability and other grounds) in respect of members of the Church, the organization «Orthodox Union «Radomir» and other unidentified persons who had committed «deliberate acts aimed at inciting national, religious enmity and hatred, insult the feelings of citizens in connection with their religious beliefs.»
The prosecutors said that these actions caused serious consequences in the form of clashes and riots in the Zaporozhye region and other regions of Ukraine.
«It is established that the representatives of the diocese of Zaporozhye of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate allow a selective approach to the implementation of religious rites, giving preference to those persons who held the rites of baptism in UOC than offend the feelings of citizens in connection with their religious beliefs,» said Gar.
She added that these individuals condemn the communion of the Church in the Ukrainian language, than humiliating the national honour of the citizens of Ukraine.
«In addition, some representatives of the religious organizations in recent times allow statements about the unity of the Slavic Orthodox peoples under the spiritual guidance of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). Among parishioners spreading information about the necessity of unification of Ukraine with Russia and condemned the European direction of development of our country, condemned the conduct of the antiterrorist operation, as well as justify the actions of the Russian Federation in relation to Ukraine,» continued the speaker of the Prosecutor General.
Sargan reported that for quick and effective investigation, taking into account the resonance of the events, criminal proceedings will deal with the investigative Department of management of SBU in the Zaporozhye region under the procedural leadership of the group of prosecutors of the Prosecutor of Zaporozhye region.
In respect of the UOC-MP has opened a criminal case on «incitement of national, religious enmity and hatred» 11.01.2018