Sudobychi village, Dubno district, Rivne region

According to the story of the priest Alexander Kardash:

«In the spring of 2014, representatives of the Kyiv Patriarchate, headed by the local forester, a secretary of the local village council, tried to hold a «referendum» on the transition of the UOC community of vlg.Sudobychi under the jurisdiction of the Kyiv Patriarchate. But due to the fact that the believers of the UOC dominated, the raiders “retreated».

However, on 01.09.2014, the representatives of the Kyiv Patriarchate secretly took all the official documents, and in the amount of 60 people seized the church of the religious community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The UOC religious community, accepting the consequences, decided to build a new church.

But the representatives of the Kyiv Patriarchate again prevent the community by trying to evict me, the senior priest of the UOC, together with my family, out of the house, which was kindly provided by one of the faithful, out of the village …»


To learn more about religious freedom infringements committed against the UOC believers you are encouraged to consult our detailed reports and statements:

  1. Collection of Information Materials and Documents “Facts, Evidence and Claims Regarding Violations of the Rights of Believers and Religious Organizations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in 2014-2016”.
  2. Written Statement of the NGO “Public Advocacy” within the United Nations 28th Universal Periodic Review on Ukraine.
  3. Written Statement of the NGO “Public Advocacy” on the violations against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church within the United Nations 37-th Regular Session.
  4. Statement of the NGO “Public Advocacy”