Ukraine sanctions 21 hierarchs, clerics, reps of Russian Church

Kiev, January 25, 2023

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On Monday, January 23, Ukrainian President Zelensky signed the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine “on the application of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions), reports the site of the President of Ukraine.

“Sanctions have been imposed against 22 Russian citizens who, under the guise of spirituality, support terror and genocidal policy,” Zelensky said in his nightly address.

Ukraine previously sanctioned 17 representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian Churches.

Vladimir Legoida, one of those sanctioned, commented:

The clergy and laity of the Russian Church included in this list are united by the fact that all of them (we) publicly opposed the overt repression of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Church that the Ukrainian authorities decided to destroy. We all showed solidarity with our brothers in Ukraine, deprived of their legal rights, native churches, and even health and life. This arouses the hatred of the Ukrainian political regime.

The list of persons sanctioned for 30 years includes:

The list of persons sanctioned for 5 years includes:

  • Fr. Roman Bogdasarov, head of the ROC’s interaction with the Russian National Guard

  • Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), Deputy Chairman of the ROC’s DECR

  • Archimandrite Alexei (Ganzhin), Deputy Chairman of the Syndal Department for Interaction with the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Metropolitan Leonid of Klin, Patriarchal Exarch of Africa

  • Archpriest Mikhail Gundaev, ROC representative to the WCC and other international organizations

  • Metropolitan Tikhon of Vladimir and Suzdal

  • Vakhtang Kipshidze, Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Interaction of the Church with Society and the Media

  • Metropolitan Evgeny of Ekaterinburg, Chairman of the Synodal Department of Religious Education and Catechesis

  • Vladimir Legoida, acting head of the Patriarchal press service

  • Metropolitan Methody of Perm and Kungur

  • Fr. Oleg Ovcharov, Chairman of the Synodal Department for Interaction with the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies

  • Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the ROC’s DECR

  • Archpriest Konstantin Tatarintsev, head of the Russian Aerospace Forces Sector of the Synodal Department for Interaction with the Armed Forces

  • Metropolitan Sergei of Singapore

  • Alexander Schipkov, Deputy Chairman of the World Russian People’s Council, First Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church Interaction with Society and the Media

Pres. Zelensky also sanctioned Sergei Ryakhovsky, bishop of the Russian United Union of Evangelical Christians (Pentecostals).

The sanctions provide for the blocking of assets, a ban on securities transactions, a ban on the transportation and transit of resources through the territory of Ukraine, and other restrictions.

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Philip1/27/2023 7:32 pm
Augustine: Their silence speaks loudly to me that they are hoping for the destruction of the canonical Church and basically do not care what happens to all the clergy and people of that Church. They figure their OCU is the way of the future but of course this is a fallacy. This will result in massive amounts of people leaving the Church in protest of the OCU. I live in Canada and we are under Constantinople too but what are we to do when the canonical Church is now cut off from the rest of the world and we are forced to be in a Church that will now move ahead with a new religion full of ecumenists, schismatics, and even luke warm believers. I can tell you I will not be a part of a Church that bashes other Orthodox Christians while accepting the lgbtq agenda.
Alex1/26/2023 4:41 pm
Are you surprised, Augustine? Silence (also) speaks volumes.
Augustine1/26/2023 9:09 am
The resounding silence from the Vatican and Constantinople about such persecution of Orthodox Christians by the Kiev regime is quite eloquent.
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