The law on renaming of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate continues to operate despite the decision of the District administrative court satisfied the statement of the Kyiv metropolis of the UOC-MP on the suspension order of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine, according to which a number of religious organizations had until April 26 to make changes to its official name.
On 22 April, the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy paruby said in the program “Svoboda words” on ICTV channel.
“The District court’s decision today, of course, is absurd. I emphasize that the law is not repealed, he acts, he was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Suspended the ruling, and the law works,” he said.
According to the speaker, the lawyers of the Parliament will be to achieve recognition of the legitimacy of the documents.
“We have a strong enough legal Department to prove in any court that will act impartially, and not by the order that those laws are adopted in accordance to existing laws and the Constitution. And they will act”, – summed up paruby.
20 December 2018, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law, which, in particular, provides that the religious organization is obliged to its full title to reflect the belonging to a religious organization outside of Ukraine. So, the UOC-MP was to reflect their belonging to the Russian Orthodox Church. On 22 December, the law was signed by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
January 26 “Uriadovyi Kurier” published the list of the Orthodox churches, which should be renamed according to the requirements of the new law. The list includes units of the UOC-MP, the Russian true Orthodox Church Russian old believers ‘ Church, the Russian old Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox old belief Church. Changes churches must make in three months.
On 22 March it became known that the Kyiv metropolis of the UOC-MP appealed to the District administrative court of Kyiv with the claim against the Ministry of culture of Ukraine, demanding to cancel the order on the approval of religious expertise to establish the list of religious organizations (associations), subject to the provisions of the law of Ukraine “On freedom of conscience and religious organizations”.
April 22, the press service of the court reported that it granted the application for interim relief, said that the adoption of such measures has no actual influence on the decision of the dispute.