2018-02-09 17:23:00

Ukrainian Security Service initiates a case against UOC priest for a post with St. Georgy ribbon in Facebook

Moscow, February 9, Interfax - The Security Service of Ukraine initiated an administrative case against cleric of the Vinnitsa Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Doctor of Theology Hieromonk Ioann (Kurmoyarov), who posted a card in Facebook depicting St. George ribbon on May 9, 2017.

"I explained the case to the police, (...) but there will be a process," the priest writes in his page in a social net.

The cleric is not ready to give up his views.

"First of all, I will be fined, doesn't it mean that until I get it I can post depictions of St. George ribbon wherever I want? Secondly, when I pay the fine, I will wear the ribbon openly as I believe I have paid for such a possibility. Thirdly, when these idiotic authorities quit, I will demand material and moral compensation and excuses from the Security Service," Father Ioann writes.

"The most interesting thing is that there is no ban on depicting swastika and other fascist symbols. So you can easily wear SS uniform," he added.

Finally, the priest asks everyone, who is not afraid, to post photos of St. George ribbons in any groups, "especially those visited by Nazis" and promises to spare no effort to make the Security Service lament over his case.

On May 16, 2017 the Supreme Rada banned St. George Ribbon in Ukraine. The article about "making and promoting St. George (guard) ribbon" was introduced in the Code of Administrative Offenses. The fine is envisaged for wearing or demonstrating the ribbon.