The State Migration Service of Ukraine has deprived five more hierarchs of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) of Ukrainian citizenship. According to TASS with reference to the Ukrainian media, the rector of the chapel, which the court had previously ordered to be demolished, was among them.
Archbishop Panteleimon of Buchan (Viktor Baschuk), Bishop Gideon of Makarov (Yury Kharon), head of the Vasylkiv vicarage of the Kiev diocese of the UOC, Bishop Spyridon of Vishnevsky (Andrei Romanov), Archbishop of Artsyz Victor (Vladislav Bykov), permanent member of the Holy Synod of the UOC, Metropolitan Mark of Khust, were deprived of Ukrainian citizenship (Nikolai Petrovtsy).
Bishop Gideon of Makarovsky is the rector of the UOC chapel, which the Ukrainian court ruled to demolish on Wednesday. It is located near the place where the Church of the Tithes used to be – the first stone church in Rus’.
The Migration Service also deprived the hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Platon of Theodosius (Vladimir Udovenko), of his immigration permit (permit for foreigners and stateless persons for permanent residence) in Ukraine.
According to the publication, the decision to deprive the clergy of the UOC of Ukrainian citizenship and residence permits was made in early January. In January, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on the termination of the citizenship of the country of 13 priests of the canonical UOC. As reported, among them were the Metropolitan of Tulchinsky and Bratslav UOC Jonathan, against whom, as Ukrainian media reported earlier, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) brought charges of inciting hatred, as well as the vicar of the Tulchinsky diocese, Bishop Sergiy Ladyzhinsky.
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