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SBU detains priest of Kremlin-linked church over spreading pro-Russian propaganda

by Elsa Court and The Kyiv Independent news desk November 21, 2023 12:52 PM 1 min read
The Security Service of Ukraine detains a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) on Nov. 21, 2023. (Security Service of Ukraine)
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A priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has been detained for allegedly spreading pro-Russian propaganda during sermons, Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) reported on Nov. 21.

The priest also used his own Telegram channel to spread Russian propaganda narratives about the invasion of Ukraine, as well as criticize the Ukrainian army, according to SBU.

SBU also reported that he praised Russian-backed warlords in Donetsk, who were allegedly assassinated before the full-scale invasion, via his Telegram channel.

The priest served the Vinnytsia Diocese but was hiding "in several regions of Ukraine," until he was eventually found and detained.

He is suspected of justifying Russian armed aggression against Ukraine and performing actions aimed at the violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order.

Ukraine has two main Orthodox churches: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) and the autocephalous (autonomous) Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is subordinate to the Russian Orthodox Church and has been accused of aligning with the Russian government during the war, which the church's leadership has denied.

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According to the SBU’s earlier investigation, the priest was collecting intelligence on the defense systems in Sumy Oblast and passing it to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).
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