At the end of May 2015, the head of the village council of Riasnyky village, Rivne village initiated a meeting of the village, and with the help of radically-minded people tried to seize the
church, motivating their actions with an alleged fact that on the territory of vlg. Riasnyky a new religious community of the Kyiv Patriarchate was registered, so it must acquire all the
assets of the UOC community. In March 2015, the head of the village council tried to call for a vote on the transition of the UOC community under the «jurisdiction» of the UOC-KP, but
the attempt was disrupted by members of the UOC religious community of vlg. Riasnyky, as most of the faithful did not want to transfer to another religious community without their consent.
Then the head of the village council publicly promised not to prevent the UOC community in holding worship services but did not keep his word: on 24 May 2015, he again tried to take an
On 04.08.2015, the head of Riasnyky village council overturned the decision which earlier granted the UOC community permission to issue land use documentation for the plot under the church.
In October, the court found the actions illegal.
At the end of August 2015, the deputy of the Rivne Regional State Administration – Alexander Savchuk – forced the religious community of the UOC to the transfer of the church to the Kyiv
Patriarchate, exerting pressure on the UOC believers.
To learn more about religious freedom infringements committed against the UOC believers you are encouraged to consult our detailed reports and statements: