February 5, 2023

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New sanctions on representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, there is Kirill’s nephew

The list of representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church who have been sanctioned by the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has been published. The decree is available on the website of the President’s Office. Among others approved are the nephew of the Russian Patriarch Kirill Mykhailo Gundyaev, the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, and the head of the press. Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Volodymyr Legoyda, Vakhtang Kipshidze, Deputy Head of the Synodal Department for Relations between the Church, Society and the Media, Head of Relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian Guard, Member of the Romanian Synod Bogdasarov. The penalties include freezing personal property, as well as property that sanctioned persons can use through third parties. Legoida and Kipshidze were restricted for five years. Penalties for 30 years will apply to six people on the list: Archbishop Hilarion of Budapest and Hungary, Archbishops Pitirim of Syktyvkar and Komi Zyryansk (Pavla Volochkov), Archpriests Artemy Volodymyrov and Andrei Tkachev and the Moscow Theological Academy. Professor Oleksiy Osipov. Legweda had previously described the penalties against religious figures as “nonsense” and a “rejection of common sense”, stressing the need to maintain channels of communication.

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