3 Dec 2018 20:29

All computers, CCTV recordings seized in Zhytomyr eparchy's authority search

KYIV. Dec 3 (Interfax) - All of the computers and CCTV recordings were seized in a search undertaken in the Zhytomyr eparchial department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Monday, the press service of the eparchy told Interfax.

"Conducting the thorough search, law enforcement officers have seized all of the eparchy's computer equipment, flashcards, a hard disk of the video monitoring cameras, and computer disks," the interlocutor of the news agency said.

The complete search was due to the seizure of print materials, such as "newspapers, leaflets with propagandistic content, which can incite interfaith strife," according to a decree presented to employees of the eparchial authority.

According to previous reports, clergymen of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church were searched in various towns of the Zhytomyr Region on Monday afternoon. The house of vicar of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Pavel has been recently searched as part of the same criminal case. The Transfiguration Cathedral in the city of Ovruch in the Zhytomyr Region was searched, too. Law enforcement officers have searched for forbidden literature everywhere from the boiler house to the altar, the vicar said.