2017-05-18 12:22:00

Ukrainian parliament not to hear church bills on Thursday - Poroshenko Bloc

Kiev, May 18, Interfax - Ukraine's Verkhovnaya Rada will not hear the bills dealing with the activities of religious organizations on Thursday, Alexey Goncharenko, a member of the Pyotr Poroshenko Bloc faction, told Interfax on Thursday.

"The faction has made a decision that these bills are not ready for hearing in the hall. Therefore, they will not be heard in the hall today," Goncharenko said.

It was reported earlier that Bill 4511 on the special status of religious organizations whose administrative centers are located in a state recognized as an aggressor and Bill 4128, which allows for re-subordinating religious communities to a different center, were on the agenda of the Thursday parliamentary session for their consideration at the first reading.

Bill 4511 deals with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, some protestant churches and other religious organizations whose administrative centers are located in Russia.

As reported earlier, representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and believers had rallied in protest against the adoption of these bills in front of the Verkhovnaya Rada building on Thursday morning.