The Kiev Patriarchate in Crimea has always tried to survive, both before the occupation of the peninsula and since its annexation by Russia. In Ukraine, he was not helped to strengthen his presence on the peninsula, but at least they did not interfere with his existence, but from the moment of occupation … the real struggle for life began.
The first few months of the “new rule” for the Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimean Clement and his parish ended with the closure of temples (Sevastopol, Perevalne, Krasnoperekopsk, Kerch), threats to priests who were forced to leave with their families, their families, their families Bishops in the village of Mramorne, as well as the efforts of the FSB of Russia to force priests to work for the invading country.
Then came a relative lull, but since February this year, the last hope that the occupying power will allow carelessly exist on the peninsula of the Kiev Patriarchate is slowly dying.
On February 5, Archbishop Kliment received a letter from the «city administration of Simferopol», in which the head of this institution Gennady Baharev reports that they were addressed by the FSB of Russia in the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on the issue of a land plot of 3, 00 hectares on the street. Kyiv within the framework of the Federal Target Program on providing housing for servicemen and their families. And since these 3.00 hectares includes 0.49 hectares of land, which is the property of the Kyiv Patriarchate, “according to the Land Code of the Russian Federation (Art. 45, 53, 39)” the head of the city administration of Simferopol asked “to cede the right of use to the land plot by voluntary waiver of the right of permanent use of the land plot, which was granted for the construction of the cathedral, in order to provide a suitable plot for the construction of apartment buildings for the FSB of Russia in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. “
For the past ten years, parishioners of the Kyiv Patriarchate have been stubbornly overcoming obstacles to the construction of a dream cathedral. And the closer they were to the goal, the more ridiculous were the reasons for refusing to allocate land. Thus, in 2010, deputies of the Crimean parliament from the Bloc For Yanukovych and Natalia Vitrenko called for refusing to grant land, arguing their position that “the Kiev Patriarchate is guilty of supporting Bandera and the split of Orthodoxy.” At the same time, the MPs allocated land and Seventh-day Adventists and Mormons and even those banned in most countries. The Moscow Patriarchate also enjoys and enjoys what it wants without any problems.
However, thanks to the efforts of the Ukrainian community of Crimea, in 2008 the Kyiv Patriarchate managed to obtain permission from the Simferopol City Executive Committee to select a 0.49 hectare plot of land for the construction of the Cathedral. Over the next two years, the diocese prepared all the technical design documentation and the project of the temple. In February 2010, we were able to obtain the act of selecting the site and agreeing the relevant documentation with all instances. However, on February 16, 2012, the City Council again decided not to grant the land plot on the grounds that in September 2011 there was a change of the general plan of the city, according to which the plot “does not envisage construction of a temple complex” at this site. “This decision was legally wrong because the master plan for development does not determine what facilities should be built,” Archbishop Clement explained.
Realizing that it would not be possible to resolve the issue at the level of the local government, which is extremely supportive of the Moscow Patriarchate, one hundred prominent representatives of the Ukrainian community of Crimea in March 2012 addressed an open letter to the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Artists, scholars, journalists, public and political figures demanded to “take under personal control” the issue of the allocation of land for construction in the autonomy of the cult objects of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate. In addition, more than 1,000 believers have written personal letters to Yanukovych asking for a plot of land. Finally, in July of the same year, the Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, after many years of struggle, obtained a plot of 0.49 hectares for the construction of a cathedral in Simferopol. And the following year, at the place of the future cathedral in the name of Christ the Savior, at Easter, a baptismal procession and a white cross prayer were held, which is installed in the center of the land.
“Today, not only this land, but also the churches we have and where we hold worship services can be taken away from us, since they have been provided to us by the Autonomous Republic of Crimea for use or rent, ” the Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea Clement states.Link to the source of information