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    NSDC could sanction members of UOC dioceses in Crimea

    The Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Humanitarian and Information Policy recommended that the National Security and Defense Council impose personal sanctions against representatives of the UOC-MP dioceses operating in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

    That’s according to a report by the State Service for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience.

    “We initiate the application of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions) against the leaders and members of the Russian Orthodox Church and other related legal entities, as well as representatives of the Simferopol and Crimean dioceses of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” the Committee said in its recommendation.

    These recommendations were adopted in late May – before the annexation of the ROC dioceses of the UOC-MP in Crimea.

    The Committee also proposed that the NSDC consider the issue of imposing sanctions on foreign religious figures spreading statements justifying Russia’s armed aggression toward Ukraine.

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