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SEPTEMBER 2020

Closes Criminal Proceedings Launched Against Poroshenko Of Inciting Religious Hatred

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Closes Criminal Proceedings Launched Against Poroshenko Of Inciting Religious Hatred

Then Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko walks along a formation of soldiers. IMAGE: RIA Novosti / Nikolay Lazarenk

The Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has closed the criminal proceedings it launched against former President Petro Poroshenko on suspicion of inciting religious hatred.

The decision was announced by the SBI press service.

The criminal case was opened against Poroshenko on suspicion of inciting sectarian hatred by his actions during the obtaining of a Tomos (religious decree) granting autocephaly to the ‘independent’ Ukrainian Orthodox Church. During the process of creating this pseudo-church organizations officials from the Poroshenko administration, including Poroshenko himself, repeatedly made statemetns inciting religious hatred aimed against the canonic Orthodox Church of Ukraine (Moscow Patriarchy). This became the reason of the criminal investigation. Nonetheless, as new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s policy was shifting towards copying his predecessor approaches and using ethnic and religious hatred as a common tool of policy, the SBI made a logical step of closing such a case against Poroshenko.

The closure of the criminal case against Poroshenko is a strong signal of the policy employed by the Zelensky administration. Instead of promoting the settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine and fiding solutions of the deep crisis in the Ukrainain society, the Zelensky team continues the Poroshenko path. The Kiev regime continues to pressure Russia-speaking population, organizations that stand against the escalation of the conflict in the east and the deterioration of relations with Russia, and the canonic Orthodox of Ukraine.

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