His Beatitude, Metropolitan Mefodiy, First-Hierarch of the UAOC
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Regains Possession of Patriarchal Chancery

Court Favors Autocephalous Orthodox Metropolitan in Kyiv Building Case

13.04.2005, [12:05] // UAOC // RISU //

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Mefodiy celebrates the Divine Liturgy in St. Andriy Sobor, KyivKyiv– By a court order of 6 April 2005, Archbishop Ihor (Isichenko) of the Kharkiv and Poltava eparchy of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) has been ordered to vacate the UAOC Patriarchate building in Kyiv. Metropolitan Mefodii (Kudriakov), head of the UAOC, and his supporters took control of the building on 4 February, though the police removed them soon after and sealed up the premises, waiting for a court decision.

The UAOC Patriarchate building at 8a, Triokhsviatytelska Street in Kyiv had been the office of Archbishop Ihor, who was, however, expelled from the UAOC episcopate in April 2003 by decision of the church’s sobor (assembly) of hierarchs. Also located on the premises of the patriarchate building were the offices of the Ukrainian Center of Byzantine Studies and Patristics, of which the archbishop is the director, and the editorial board of the “Our Faith” newspaper.

The Shevchenkivskyi District Court of the city of Kyiv reviewed the civil lawsuit of the UAOC Patriarchate against the Patristics Center and the “Our Faith” newspaper and decided to partially satisfy the demands of the UAOC Patriarchate.

The Patristics Center and the “Our Faith” newspaper office were obliged not to interfere with the Patriarchate’s usage of its premises at 8, Triokhsviatytelska Street in Kyiv and to vacate the building.

The court told Yurii A. Isichenko (Archbishop Ihor) not to create obstacles for the Patriarchate in its declared activities and its usage of the UAOC Patriarchate’s premises, and to leave the abovementioned building, surrendering all financial, business and catechetic documentation, all official UAOC blanks, and all keys to the building in his possession to the Patriarchate.

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