2018-11-08 11:10:00

Moscow Theological Academy rector barred from Ukraine

Moscow, November 8, Interfax - The rector of the Moscow Theological Academy has been prevented from entering Ukraine, the head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda said.

"Archbishop Amvrosy today was barred from entering Ukraine at passport control in Kiev. The priest arrived for a one-day event at the Kiev Theological Academy, which will now proceed without him. We are awaiting details," Legoyda wrote on his Telegram channel.

The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed its regret over the Ukrainian authorities' refusal to let Archbishop Amvrosy into the country.

"As the head of a leading theological school which features in the biographies of many contemporary Ukrainian clerics, Archbishop Amvrosy was on his way to Kiev to attend a one-day event at the Kiev Theological Academy. However, the Ukrainian authorities barred him from entering the country, probably thinking him to be a spy," Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, the secretary for Orthodox Relations at the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, told Interfax.

"Such hypertrophic spy-mania, more characteristic of the 1930s than of the 21st century, is bringing shame upon those who foment it," he said.