51 people’s deputies, including from Servants of the people and formerly banned in Ukraine OPZJasking the Speaker of Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk send the bill banning the UOC-MP, approved in the first reading, to the Venice Commission, so that it can provide an opinion on the bill’s compliance with constitutional and international law. The relevant document was available LIGA.net its authenticity was confirmed by two people’s deputies.
The authors of the document first of all note that “the state does not have the right to tell believing citizens of Ukraine which church to go to and leave believers the opportunity to fulfill their religious needs,” noting that the bill allegedly violates the Constitution and international law.
The document was signed by 51 deputies. Among Servant of the people there:
→ Maxim Buzhansky (in 2020 he initiated a bill on the partial return of the Russian language to Ukrainian schools, regularly becomes a participant in language scandals);
→ Daniil Getmantsev;
→ First deputy head of the faction, Ndrey Motovilovets;
→ Artem Kultenko (on the eve of voting for the bill in the first reading, Kultenko, according to LIGA.net interlocutors, was engaged in “light blackmail”, threatening to stop supporting bills important for the People’s Church if the question of the UOC-MP was introduced and voted on);
→ Artem Dmitruk (in October of this year, he and people’s deputy Alexander Kunitsky started a fight in Kyiv);
→ Evgeniy Shevchenko;
→ Pavel Khalimon (in the summer of 2022, he purchased an estate in Pechersk for 10 million UAH, registering it in the name of another person)
Among the former OPZJ:
→ Sergey Levochkin (On March 21, 2023, the Rada voted to remove him from the Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence);
The adoption of the law banning the UOC-MP was the initiative of the president Vladimir Zelensky. The appeal of people’s deputies, even if 150 signatures are reached, does not oblige Stefanchuk to send the bill to the Venice Commission.
- On October 17, 2023, the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading supported a bill providing legal grounds for banning the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. 15 people’s deputies voted against him – a roll call vote.
- According to a KIIS survey for June 2023, the majority of Ukrainians began to support a complete ban on the UOC-MP.
- In October 2023, it became known that the Security Service of Ukraine initiated a bill to expand the list of grounds for banning religious organizations and providing a legal basis for banning the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate.
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