Speaker of Ukrainian legislature challenges court action


RISU, 9 April 2019


At the start of the session of the Verkhovna Rada, the chairman, Andrei Paruby, stated that a district administrative court of Kiev had ruled the actions of the speaker of parliament in connection with the adoption of the draft law on the compulsory renaming of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UPTsMP) to be illegal.


Paruby declared that this decision of the district court is not final and will be appealed, a correspondent of #Bukv reports.


According to the head of parliament, the UPTsMP should be called the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.


Earlier, a people's deputy from the Opposition Bloc, Vadim Novinsky, on his Facebook page, wrote that the district administrative court of the city of Kiev ruled to find the actions of the head of the Verkhovna Rada, Andrei Paruby, to be illegal, granting the lawsuit of people's deputy of the Opposition Bloc fraction Alexander Dolzhenkov. The issue is about the adoption of the draft law "On introducing changes into the Ukrainian law 'On freedom of conscience and religious organizations.'"


Novinsky also clarified that the draft law involved the attempt "forcibly to rename" the UPTsMP as the Russian Church in Ukraine.


Information about this decision is still absent from the website of the district administrative court of Kiev and from the Uniform State Register of Judicial Decisions.


We recall that on 20 December, people's deputies supported the draft law about renaming the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. On the same day, the document was signed by the speaker of parliament, Andrei Paruby.


On 18 January, 49 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada appealed to the Constitutional Court against the law that required the UPTs of the Moscow patriarchate to indicate in its name its affiliation with Russia.


On 21 January it was reported that the representation to the Ukrainian Constitutional Court regarding the constitutionality of the law that requires the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarch to show in its name its affiliation with the Russian Orthodox Church (RPTs) does not suspend the legal force of this law. (tr. by PDS, posted 9 April 2019)

Background article:
Ukrainian law struck down on technicality
April 6, 2019

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