Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest disappears in Donetsk

There are serious grounds for concern that Father Tikhon who is also secretary of the inter-faith Council of Churches and Religious Organizations of the Donetsk Oblast and one of the organizers of the prayer ‘marathon’ in Donetsk may have been seized by Kremlin-backed militants | detail

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FSB looks for ‘extremists’ in a Crimean school

In the latest of a series of affronts and infringements of the rights of Crimean Tatars under Russian occupation, a madrasa or Muslim school in the Crimea has been subjected to a long search by armed and masked men looking for evidence of ’extremism’ and arms. | detail

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Mufti: This is our Homeland. Tell your ‘soldiers of fate’ to stay away!

Said Ismagilov, Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine [UMMA] has addressed a moving appeal for mercenaries to stay away. “We do not exchange our country for money and a stable dictatorship. There are things which are not for sale.” | detail

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Top bishop asks forgiveness for the attack on a Kyiv Patriarchate church in Crimea

In a move which may indicate the growing divide between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church, one of the UOC MP’s leading clergy, Metropolitan Oleksandr [Drabynko] has condemned the armed attack on the church in Perevalne, outside Simferopol | detail

Visits 2073

Crimean Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and its believers attacked

In the Crimean village of Perevalne believers at a church under the Kyiv Patriarchate have been attacked by armed men, probably so-called ‘Cossacks’, and the church itself seriously vandalized | detail

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Crimea and religious freedom

A worrying outline of some of the ways in which the right of religious freedom in Crimea is under threat after Russian occupation | detail

Visits 2265

Ukraine’s faiths unite in response to Russian military aggression

Ukraine’s three main churches are working together in providing spiritual and moral support to Ukraine’s soldiers, while pressure on the Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate has prompted the Crimean Tatars to offer their mosques for church services | detail

Visits 3446

Anti-Semitism as a Weapon of Political Technology

The propaganda campaign accompanying the street confrontations has seen the use of the entire range of the political technology arsenal, including the most dirty tricks. A common currency in the confrontation has been the ‘Jewish Question’. | detail

Visits 3021

Vaad Ukraine condemns efforts to use anti-Semitism for political gain

The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine demand adequate investigation of recent anti-Semitic attacks. They warn that given overt attempts to use the topic of anti-Semitism to discredit the opposition and civil protest movement, the Jewish community should be especially vigilant. | detail

Visits 4429

Imitating Response to Attack on Freedom of Conscience

If Viktor Yanukovych’s official response to the pressure on the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and its clergy was supposed to reduce the negative fallout, it failed | detail

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Culture Ministry threatens Church over prayers on Maidan

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church notes that for the first time in independent Ukraine the Church has been threatened with loss of its legal status | detail

Visits 1900

Lviv Priest becomes the latest traffic police target

The latest target of illegal visitations by traffic police officers is the Lviv Greek Catholic priest, Father Mykhailo Dymyd, who has been ministering to members of the Lviv EuroMaidan | detail

Visits 2434

Outrage over disruption to Islamic Women’s conference in Simferopol

The Insaf League of Muslim Women has issued a statement regarding the extraordinary events on 5 October in Simferopol aimed at sabotaging the Crimean Islamic Women’s Conference “Culture and Civilization. On the Path to Development”s | detail

Visits 1659

Yet another Muslim cemetery desecrated in the Crimea

There would seem to be no let up in the worrying sharp increase in attacks on places of religious and cultural importance for the Crimean Tatar people seen in 2012 | detail

Visits 1332

Yanukovych refuses to defend religious freedom in Ukraine

The President has ignored calls from Church leaders, other religious organizations and public figures to veto a law introducing disastrous amendments to the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations | detail

Visits 1424

Weekend attacks fuel inter-ethnic friction in the Crimea

In the early hours of 1 December around 100 people forcibly dismantled unauthorized buildings erected by Crimean Tatars. A few hours later a guard at the site of the future Soborna Mosque was attacked and Molotov cocktails thrown | detail

Visits 2148

Draft Law 10221: the end to religious freedom?

Recently passed amendments to the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations threaten to destabilize the already fragile balance between denominations and seriously complicate life for believers | detail

Visits 1617

Call to veto law restricting freedom of worship

NGOs, community leaders and academics are calling on President Yanukovych to veto Draft Law № 10221 on amendments restricting freedom of religion in Ukraine. | detail

Visits 1541

Parliament increases control over religious organizations

Despite agreement with the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, parliament has adopted in full a law which makes major amendments to the Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations. | detail

Visits 1582

Crimean Muslims protest over repressive measures from authorities

The Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of the Crimea accuses the authorities of measures aimed at destroying Islamic educational establishments | detail

Visits 1112

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