Representatives of the clergy who have a fellow feeling for Russia have become targets for Ukrainian nationalists and the law enforcement agencies under their control, said a member of the People's Council of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR,) Vladislav Berdichevsky, commenting on the kidnapping of Andrei Pavlenko, rector of the St. Tikhvin Cathedral in Lysychansk.
He compared the methods of the Ukrainian security services to the work of the inquisitors, who eliminated anything and everything that contradicted the teachings of the Catholic faith.
“Kidnapping of priests under the guise of arrests is the methods of the Holy Inquisition,” said Berdichevsky. “No one touched the Greek Catholic Church, which promoted its nationalist ideas in Western Ukraine, even under the late Soviet Union. To my thinking, it was a mistake. All this should have been nipped in the bud, as they did with the Orthodox Church in European countries, as the Polish priests did with the Orthodox.”
The highest priority must be given to the issues that are being discussed in public settings concerning the return of repressed clergy and ordinary citizens. According to Berdichevsky, they must be addressed at the highest level.
It is known that Andrei Pavlenko, a cleric of the Severodonetsk diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, was kidnapped by the officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in April of this year. He was accused of cooperation with the Russian military and transported to the territory, controlled by Kiev, before the retreat of the Ukrainian armed forces from Severodonetsk. The priest's relatives asked to include him in the lists for prisoner exchange with Kiev.