Cathedral of Orthodox Church of Ukraine robbed in occupied Crimea - Archbishop Klyment

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Марина ПищулинаQHA media
09 December 2019, 13:11
Марина ПищулинаQHA media
09 December 2019, 13:11

The Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga in occupied Simferopol was robbed. The Archbishop of the Crimean Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Klyment believes that the theft was committed by repairmen, Krym.Realii reports.

Cathedral of Saints Equal to the Apostles Vladimir and Olga in Simferopol. Photo: Alina Smutko

“When I was out of Crimea, the workers who make repairs in the church robbed us. Theft occurred on the second floor. Radio equipment was stolen from the second floor. This morning I asked the foreman to return the equipment to me. He cursed at me,” Klyment said.

The Archbishop further noted that this is not the first case of theft in the cathedral during repair works. According to one of the church employees, on one of the days from December 2 to 7, an amplifier was stolen from the cathedral.

Archbishop Klyment

The "police" called to the scene conducted a photo shoot of the premises.

“Then they began to say that trials were being held and, according to the court decisions, nothing belonged to me at all, and I myself am here illegally. In the end, I gave them a statement, they took a picture of the spot where the equalizer was stolen from. I do not know how this will end,” Archbishop Klyment said.

In July, unknown persons looted and destroyed the church property of the Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PCU) in annexed Simferopol.

Earlier, Klyment told QHA media that despite the promises of the Kremlin-controlled “head” of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, the Crimean parish of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was refused registrationon the annexed peninsula.

В сентябре стало известно, что украинская община оккупированного Симферополя просит ООН защитить ее право на проведение служб в церкви ПЦУ в Крыму.

While in the United States at a conference on religious freedom, Klyment said that everything Ukrainian was being destroyed in occupied Crimea, and only seven out of 49 parishes of Orthodox Church of Ukraine remained.

On June 28, the “Arbitration Court” of Crimea ruled to transfer the building of the Vladimir and Olga Cathedral in Simferopol from the Crimean Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine to the “Ministry of Property and Land Relations” of Crimea.