Metropolitan Paul appeared in the case of violation of equality of citizens depending on their attitude to religion.
SBU conducts searches in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the investigation of criminal proceedings concerning the violation of equality of citizens based on religion, which featured the Governor of the Lavra Metropolitan Paul. This is stated in the judgment, which was granted permission to conduct searches.
Rzheshevsky city court of Kyiv region at the request of the Prosecutor Kagarlyksky the local Prosecutor’s office gave permission to conduct the search in the apartment of Metropolitan Paul and Laura. In criminal proceedings the investigation of crimes under article 161 of the criminal code – violation of equality of citizens depending on their racial, national belonging or attitude to religion.
Criminal proceedings opened after one of the interview with Metropolitan Pavel. The court ruling reads “October 25, 2018 on YouTube hosting on YOUTUBE. Channel “Glasnosti” posted a video interview with the Governor of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra UOC Swan Pyotr Dmitrievich called” Metropolitan Philaret about Paul: He with the devil kiss” .
Employees of Department of protection of national statehood of the security service after watching this interview concluded that Lebed his statements violate the equal rights of citizens because of their religious beliefs.
In the framework of criminal proceedings law enforcement officers carry out investigative actions, namely searches to identify records (notebooks, notepads, notebooks, letters, documents) or electronic media with the aim of identifying evidence to support the preparation of the Metropolitan of deliberate actions aimed at inciting religious hatred.
In turn, the lawyer Andriy Portnov has informed that during searches at the residence of the Governor of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the staff of SBU withdrew the book “Ukrainian Orthodox Church: relations with the state. The attitude of the ATO and the Church split. Questions and answers”.
“According to the lawyer, present during the illegal search of the Metropolitan Pavel, the SBU had removed from him only this book. Ongoing searches at other sites,” wrote Portnow in the Telegram.
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