Employees of the SSU and the National Police found a large number of anti-Ukrainian materials during security measures on the territory of the Pochaiv Theological Seminary and the Ivano-Frankivsk Eparchy of the UOC (MP).
In particular, the SSU found literature that denies the existence of the Ukrainian people, its language, and Ukraine’s right to statehood. On the contrary, it emphasizes that it is an allegedly artificially created state.
The Security Service also found brochures and books of xenophobic and hateful content with offensive fiction about other nationalities and religions.
Most of the literature is the authorship of Russian figures published by Russian printers.
In addition, the SSU is studying the origin of the symbols of the “Great Army of the Don”, which were found in one of the utility rooms of the Ivano-Frankivsk Diocese of the UOC (MP). In particular, we are talking about the chevrons of this illegal armed formation, which in 2014 helped the Rashists occupy part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
All this physical evidence is the basis for opening two criminal proceedings under Article 161 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of the equality of citizens depending on their racial, national, regional affiliation, religious beliefs, disability, and on other grounds). Currently, all of them have been sent to relevant independent examinations.
Based on the results of these investigations, further procedural actions will be taken.
We emphasize that in its activities, the SSU adheres to the principle of impartiality towards the activities of any religious denomination and respects the right of every citizen to freedom of worldview and religion, as defined by the Constitution of Ukraine.