UPTsMP PRIESTS AND "TITUSHKI" BY FORCE BREAK UP MEETING ON TRANSFER INTO PTsU IN VINNYTSIA OBLAST
RISU, 24 January 2019
In the village of Pisarevka of Vinnytsia oblast on 23 January priests of the Russian Orthodox Church along with men of athletic build [referred to in Ukraine as "titushki"—tr.] broke up a meeting of parishioners at which the question of transfer into the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU) was being discussed.
The "guests" in cassocks and civilian clothing showed up at the rural club where more than 124 parishioners had assembled. The village head, Dmitry Naumenko, tried to deny them entry, explaining that only locals may be present in the meeting. As a result, the men started a brawl, during which Naumenko and a police inspector were injured, Inforesist reports.
After this, the "guests" seized the premises of the club until the villagers gave up on conducting the meeting. (tr. by PDS, posted 24 January 2019)
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