: Crimea occupation authorities kick Kyiv Church out of its cathedral

18:20 Jun. 15, 2016

Crimea occupation authorities kick Kyiv Church out of its cathedral

Archbishop Clement of Simferopol and Crimea. Screenshot

Archbishop Clement says he receives death threats

Russian-backed occupation authorities in Crimea (Property and Land Relations Ministry) obligates the Crimean Diocese of Kyiv Patriarchate's Ukrainian Orthodox Church to pay USD 7,600 and give up 112 sq. meters on the ground floor of the Cathedral in Simferopol.

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The so-called Sevastopol Court of Appeal endorsed the relevant decision on June 13. This is reported by Archbishop Clement of Simferopol and Crimea, according to Voice of Crimea.

"On June 14, Sevastopol's Court of Appeal met. We addressed the court with a claim to cancel the Crimean Arbitration Court's decision as of January 14, 2016, which would force us to vacate part of the church and pay a huge fine. The Court of Appeal supported the Crimean Arbitration Court's decision. Any day now we expect executive service officers to turn up and implement the court's decision", states Archbishop Clement.

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He also said that in recent years the pressure around him increased and he received death threats.

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