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UOC MP clergyman shoves a Suspilne journalist near Lavra, damaging her camera

30.03.2023, 15:23
Photo: Suspilne
Photo: Suspilne

On March 30, at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, a UOC MP priest shoved Suspilne correspondent Daria Nematian Zolbin as she tried to ask Metropolitan Pavlo a question, and broke the camera mount of cameraman Viktor Mozgovy, reports Suspilne.

The journalist wanted to ask Metropolitan Pavlo about the work of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy Commission on the handover of the Lavra premises to the state.

In response, the Metropolitan said that he "has not met the Commission" and offered the journalist to make a confession. After that, one of the priests shoved the journalist in the shoulder, interrupted the cameraman's filming and broke the mic mount on his camera.

Suspilne said that they would contact the police regarding obstruction of journalistic work.

Today, March 30, the Ministry of Culture Commission for the handover of buildings that were used by the UOC MP to the state arrived at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. However, the entrance to one of the buildings was blocked by parishioners who had come to the Lavra in the morning to pray, and the building itself was closed.

On March 29, the contract for the lease of the national reserve "Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra" with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church expired. Representatives of the Church must leave the Lavra premises. On this day, UOC MP representatives held a mass at the Lavra. The UOC MP has filed a lawsuit demanding thtat the unilateral refusal to extend the contract be declared invalid, stating that they were not going to leave the Lavra until the end of the legal proceedings.

As the IMI reported, on March 30, Metropolitan of the UOC MP Pavlo Lebid tried to knock the microphone out of the hand of "Espreso" correspondent Valeria Pashko while speaking to journalists at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

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