Russian Orthodox Church: Kyiv is discussing the transfer of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra to the Patriarchate of Constantinople

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The conflict between the Ukrainian authorities and the UOC escalated in March 2023. The leadership of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra National Reserve terminated the agreement with the UOC and ordered its representatives to leave the territory. In response, the clergy filed a lawsuit in court to challenge the termination of the lease. The hearing will take place on July 19. In April, the Shevchenkovsky District Court in Kyiv placed Metropolitan Pavel, the abbot of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, under house arrest, refusing to allow him to attend services at the Lavra. Russia then demanded the release of the clergyman.

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