AIDS patients to protest eviction from clinic on July 7

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July 6, 2010, 3:51 p.m. | Kyiv — by Peter Byrne
Patients of an HIV/AIDS clinic will lie on their mattresses in front of the Cabinet building on Hrushevsky Street, protesting against a recent government decision to evict the clinic from its premises adjacent to the Kyiv’s Pecherska Lavra. Inna Boyko, a policy and advocacy officer for the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with AIDS, said about 50 patients at the clinic would participate in the protest in Kyiv. Hundreds more are expected to stage similar protests in major cities across Ukraine, she added.

The name of the nationwide protest action is “Selling Hospitals is Expensive.”

Dmytro Sherembey, deputy head of the coordination council of the All-Ukrainian People Living with Aids Network, told the German news agency Deutsche Welle that government officials have offered no explanation for the decision.

“We learned that the building the clinic will be turned into a VIP hotel for visitors to [Kyiv’s Pecherska] Lavra,” Sherembey said.

The Lavra clinic currently treats 1,000 of Kyiv’s estimated 50,000 HIV patients on an out-patient basis.

Vitaly Lukyanenko, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s press secretary, told the Kyiv Post on July 6 that the government has indeed ordered arrangements to be made to move the clinic, and the Ministry of Health and the Academy of Medical Sciences are working on plans to re-locate the facility.

“There is no reason for hysteria. None of the patients at the Lavra clinic will be evicted,” Lukyanenko said.

The clinic, which now specializes in treating people with HIV/AIDS, is run by the Hromashevskyi Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious diseases, and was opened with much fanfare in November 2002 by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan during his visit to Kyiv.

The Lavra clinic is acknowledged in Ukraine as having the best medical practices for the treatment of people with HIV – albeit still short of international standards and budgets. It also has a strong base for the advanced training of infectious disease doctors in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

Prime Minister Azarov signed an order on June 14 to move the clinic by July 16. To date, no provisions have been made for transferring the patients, doctors at the clinic and HIV/AIDS workers said.

Svetlana Doan, Deputy head of Hromashevskyi Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases said she is not authorized to comment on the matter.

Ukraine has of the fastest-growing infection rates in the world. The numbers are so alarming that many health experts still worry about whether the disease will spread from high-risk groups, where it has been concentrated, and start assuming African-like dimensions by spreading to the general population as well.

Some 500,000 people are believed to be HIV positive in Ukraine.

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Anonymous July 7, 2010, 11:25 a.m.    

This is the real face of Russian Orthodox chirch well indeed. It is totally different after death of Patriarche Alexis. The only remedy for the patients is to write a complaint to His All Holiness BARTHOLOMEW

Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch, Tel. +90 212 5319670 - 6,Fax. +90 212 5349037 as soon as possible. I am the Ukrainian Orthodox chirch believer, and life turns out to show that God turned away from Russian patriarchate. Shame on PAVEL, VICAR OF KIEV-PECHERSK LAVRA!!!

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Anonymous July 9, 2010, 8:56 a.m.    

&gt;&gt; 1921(?) Feliks Dzerzhinsky, founder of the original Soviet secret police wrote: &quot;Leave the church to the chekisty. Only they, with their specific chekist methods, can control the clerics and undermine the church from within.&quot; That decision began the strange cohabitation of the church and the KGB, with the security agency using the church's authority to influence believers at home and abroad and the KGB using church foreign dioceses as fronts for operations abroad.

Dzerzhinsky himself boasted that: &quot;We represent in ourselves organized terror -- this must be said very clearly.&quot;

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Anonymous July 7, 2010, 11:48 a.m.    

look at the link on the web-site of kiev-pechersk lavra, where archimandrite pavel confirms that he made arrangements with azarov to remove the clinic for the hotel for the clergy! the even refused interview to the Deutsche welle journalist statting that these monsters were praying!Shame on Russian Patriarchate!!!!;task=view&amp;id=1152&amp;Itemid=105

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Anonymous July 7, 2010, 11:52 a.m.    

russian orthodoxy are worse than Catholic chirch with their pedofile priests. It confirms that they do not believe in God. Evict monsters from Kiev-Pechersk Lavra!!!!Who they are praying for, if the God commanded to help the sick? I hate archimandrite pavel, vicar of kiev-pechersk lavra!!!! shame on him!!!!

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Anonymous July 7, 2010, 12:08 p.m.    

look at this picture yanukovich speaking to the publich with huge banner in the background, that says: UKRAINE FOR THE PEOPLE! HA-HA!!!,,5137010_1,00.jpg

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Anonymous July 7, 2010, 1:22 p.m.    

All evil comes from yanukovich, who received blessings for the evil deed from russian patriarch cyrill in february 2010 (photo)

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Anonymous July 7, 2010, 2:34 p.m.    

Where are the wealthy philantropic oligarchs when you need them?

Well, i guess as being part of lawmakers group excludes them to take part in this fight against HIV, even since this was applauded by UN officials at its start.

Just the fact that there are no motions from the philantrops of Ukraine (read - wealthy Ukrainians that have found a cause to fight for), is disturbing and leave no credibility to their efforts set out in their foundations.

Let us hear they give 50 Million USD new built/renovated sanatorium with international standard equipment that can attract international specialists to work and do research in Ukraine on this disease.

Why not act now, you have the chance to show you care for Ukraine, or do you want this disease on your own door steps and abandon Ukraine for eternity?

Start donate your wealth into the future healthy Ukraine.


It might be too late tomorrow......

It is a begging from the heart of someone who cares for his family, kids and the Ukraine people. Someone that want a safe and healthy Ukraine for all.

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Anonymous July 7, 2010, 7:38 p.m.

intersting link in view of recent developments-how the greedy monk from kiev lavra refers unpolitely to the Ukrainian Orthodox Patriarch of Kiev Patriarchate Filaret in view of russian patriarch visit to lavra. all recent events for turning the clinic into the residence of cyrill and the residence hall for the monks, said a year ago of the vicar pavel, seem plausible. Horrified.HEY, RUSSIAN MONKS, HANDS OFF THE CLINIC FOR UKRAINIAN PATIENTS OF HEPATITIS C!!!

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Anonymous July 8, 2010, 10:20 a.m.

the link to the decision of prime-minister azarov dated 14 june 2010 to evict the clinic for hepatits C/HIV patients until July 16, 2010. russian orthodox patriarch is to visit ukraine July 24-25, and on July 25 this &quot;priest&quot; is to preside on the chirch congregation in lavra. ha-ha! no religion, only politics

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Anonymous July 8, 2010, 1:56 p.m.;task=view&amp;id=88&amp;Itemid=118

the link to the greedy monks' russian orthodox web-site, who hijacted the Laura from the Ukrainians in 1990. Please write there what you thonk of them. On the left,-the timetable of the forthcoming visit to Uktaine of russian orthodox chirch patriarch cyrill July 24-25,2010, and below their lies related to the clinic removal. Shame on these greedy priests!

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Anonymous July 9, 2010, 9:58 a.m.    

If this is what the kremlin { and the KGB moscow &quot;church&quot; (MP) } is doing to TRUE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX believers, can you imagine what they will do to UKRAINIANS in UKRAINE?

The below article states what the “moscow KGB church (MP)” {I will not call this church Orthodox} does to TRUE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX believers. If the kremlin does this to RUSSIANS, what do you expect them to do to UKRAINIANS – AGAIN?

In the 1920,s, 1930’s, and 1940’s the kremlin closed or destroyed ALL of the UKRAINIAN CHURCHES in UKRAINE, and MURDERED thousands (10,000’s ?) of UKRAINIAN priests and clergy in UKRAINE.

Now the “moscow KGB church (MP)” wants more pulpits for their KGB to stand on – to shrive the UKRAINIAN people in UKRAINE, rather than returning the Ukrainian churches, UKRAINIAN churches’ land, and UKRAIAN churches’ property that the kremlin stole from the UKRAINIAN people.

And the news is of how the clergy and faithful of our Church have been forced out of their churches in the most crude and blasphemous manner, churches which had been given to them for their perpetual use. The actions of our government officials are enough to give any Orthodox Christian living in our so-called “legitimate, democratic society” cause for alarm and reflection. Our churches, so dear to the heart of any believing person, were taken away from us.

The Orthodox Church, Orthodox Christians kicked out of Orthodox churches, have been subjected to persecution in its most blatant and naked form. And this is happening at a time when our country, Russia, no longer calls itself an atheistic government, and no longer seeks to establish atheism or any other “generally required” ideology.

Additionally, the Russian authorities tell us constantly that our country is free and powerful; that it is “rising from its knees;” that it is building a government based on law and order, and that its authorities guarantee freedom of religion, and respect the feelings and religious convictions of people of faith, especially of those who are Orthodox.

They constantly assure us that Russia is experiencing a religious renaissance, and that the Russian population is being cleansed from the defilement and the moral decay that it has inherited from the Godlessness of the Soviet era.

But how do we see things, who live in the very heart of Holy Russia – in the ancient center of Russian spirituality, Suzdal? The present government’s law enforcement agencies are turning out, throwing out into the street, people who are Russians, and Orthodox, natives of Suzdal, citizens of Russia, from ancient Orthodox churches, which these people rebuilt from complete ruins with faith and with love, paying for the repairs with their own measly pensions and meager salaries, and in which, with the government’s permission, and in accordance with the law, they poured out their prayers to God.

Crooked judges, submitting to the instructions of the authorities, ignored the reasoned and obvious proofs that the faithful had put forward at trial, and decided instead to mock their faith. They are utterly disinterested in the fact that, for us Orthodox Christians, these churches are not only, and not so much, “national and historical landmarks,” as they are holy places; places where the glory of God resides among men, and serve as reminders of God’s presence in this world. It is impossible to force a pious Orthodox Christian out of his church, and forbid him from praying inside it, without insulting his spiritual feelings and convictions in the process. The authorities of our so-called “spiritually reawakening Russia” have joined themselves to this travesty!

Despite all common sense and applicable law, the so-called “courts” have removed these sanctuaries, these national historical and cultural monuments, from the faithful, who are the ones who rescued these buildings from utter ruin, who turned them into the veritable jewels of Suzdal and its environs, and have turned them over to the faceless, nameless, government – to the very bureaucrats that turned these churches into ruins in the first place! What law, what logic, can justify the “decision” of these judges in deciding between the two sides who wish to use these churches – one side restoring the churches, and the other ruining them? Their choice can only bear witness to their participation in some kind of blasphemous, Stalinist act, or else their blind obedience to some order from above, without the slightest indication of their own human feelings and values.

The present government continues to “fill up the measure of its fathers” (Matt. 22:32), i.e. to fill up the measure of those persecutions and blasphemies perpetrated by the Godless Soviet atheists, who turned our once charming and beautiful homeland into a land of devastation and ruin, and who bear upon themselves the seal of condemnation by the Almighty.

From a spiritual point of view, for us true Orthodox Christians, the present Russian government is no different from the God-hating Soviet government, which, by the way, it finds no fault with, and considers itself to be the heir of. The holy Confessor of Russia, St. Patriarch Tikhon, who was tortured by that government for his honesty and loyalty to the Truth, anathematized that government specifically for that government’s wholesale desecration of our holy places, persecution of the faithful, and repression of the clergy. And now, because we bring these points up and speak about them, point out the spiritual ties between the Soviet government and the present one in Russia, witness to the facts of persecution and discrimination against Orthodox Christians as they continue to take place in our much-suffering homeland, we are about to be labeled as extremists, and subjected to even more persecution. If this “extremism” is the same “extremism” for which the holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia were shot, then we answer that the Church of Christ would be honored to bear this false accusation.

Perhaps you require our Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church, the little flock of the last times, to be reborn and become “one in spirit” with you, as the Sergianist, ecumenical Moscow Patriarchate did? Indeed, several of you have already openly suggested to us to meet with the false patriarch Kirill, and to “follow the example” of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, i.e. the part of that church that united with the Moscow Patriarchate with its right to pseudo-autonomy. With your false promises you may well be able to lead astray some of “these little ones,” perhaps even some of the clergy. “Many will be led astray,” our Lord Jesus Christ foretold before His Passion, “and will betray each other, and despise each other. And many false prophets will arise, and lead many astray.” (Matt. 24:10-11).

With an abundance of love in Christ Jesus,

Valentine, Metropolitan of Suzdal and Vladimir

2009/2010 Christmas | Suzdal

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Anonymous July 8, 2010, 2:11 p.m.

web-site of the russian orthodox chirch were the biographic details of the vicar of kiev laura are listed. yesterday we have contacted &quot;father Vladimir&quot;, the head of the press-office of russian patriarch cyrill in moscow by cell phone:+79036210123, and he overtly lied, stating that ukrainian orthodox chirch of moscow patriarchate is totally independent from russian orthodox chirch, and all issues, related to violation of believers' rights by the acquisition of the clinic, should be addressed to them. The web-site states the opposite, and when i said so to him, he became less polite, to say the least. What is this? Russian orthodox chirch is evil?

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Anonymous July 9, 2010, 11:39 a.m.    

you can speeak to him directly when he arrives with the kyril-gundiaev to kiev july 25. ask for the opinion of kyrill regarding the clinic removal, if kyrill ignores it, then pavel is not to blame, who was instructed to do so by the superior boss kyrill-gundiaev from moscow.then kyril is to blame for the disrespect to the Orthodoxy not his vassal pavel, who is funded from moscow as part of russian orthodox chirch.then of course Patriarch Bartholomiew is to be alerted. This story is awful, poor hepatitis C/HIV sufferers, I could never imagine that it could be possible in the craddle of East European Orthodoxy, were Kievan Rus was baptised by the Count Vladimir in 988, and in 2010 the Orthodox chirch is finished here apparently, as it ent against the teaching of Christ Almighty. Greedy stupid russian orthodox priest Pavel. If his boss kyrill-gundiaev supports the move, then he is clearly implicated into the scandal. Short time to wait and see, he is coming to the Ukraine on july 24 to Odessa, and in Kiev he is to be on july 25.he is politically trapped, if journalists directly ask him this question. Funny

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Anonymous July 9, 2010, 9:11 p.m.    

“The state conservation budget prioritizes major sites such as Pechersk Lavra

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Does this mean that state funds will be used to demolish a UKRAINIAN historical hospital and build a hotel for yanukovych's KGB buddies in the kremlin?

Why is Ukraine funding the kremlin's KGB?

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Anonymous July 14, 2010, 9:32 p.m.    

The KGB destroyed the UKRAINIAN churches and killed the UKRAINIAN priests, and now yanukovych wants to build a hotel in KYIV for his KGB comrades?

4 December 1920

The VCheKa prepared a document that noted in particular: “Communism and religion are mutually exclusive…No other apparatus but the VCheKa will be able to demolish religion…In the last while in its plans for the disintegration of the church the Cheka is focusing all its attention on the multitudes of clergymen. Only through it, by means of proper, intensive, painstaking work will we be able ultimately to destroy and demolish the church…”

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Anonymous July 14, 2010, 9:38 p.m.    

That decision began the strange cohabitation of the church and the KGB, with the security agency using the church's authority to influence believers at home and abroad and the KGB using church foreign dioceses as fronts for operations abroad.

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