On Tuesday, July 4, monks and believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate prevented the Ministry of Culture Commission from working on the territory of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. This was reported by "Suspilne."
Representatives of the commission called law enforcement officers and filed a statement about the obstruction of their work. The commission was supposed to seal the buildings of the Lower Lavra that are not used for religious purposes. These buildings are intended to be transferred to the state for use.
Maxim Ostapenko, the Acting General Director of the Reserve, stated that the commission possesses an official response from the monastery. The UOC-MP had promised to grant access to the buildings. Ostapenko noted that, according to documents from the Ministry of Culture, the commission has the right to deal with the objects that legally belong to the Reserve.
The Ministry of Culture had previously announced that the commission was supposed to seal five objects on the territory of the Lower Lavra.
After conducting an audit, the State Audit Service of Ukraine discovered the illegal transfer of cultural heritage monuments and 36 unauthorised buildings on the territory of the Lavra.
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