During searches of the churches of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Security Service of Ukraine found pro-Russian literature, millions of cash and "dubious" citizens of the Russian Federation.
This was reported by the SBU press center.
Inspections were carried out on the territories of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv, the Koretsky Holy Trinity Monastery, and the premises of the Sarnensky-Polish Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Rivne region.
Law enforcement officers checked more than 350 church buildings and 850 people. More than 50 people underwent in-depth counterintelligence interviews, including using polygraphs. Among them were not only Ukrainians, but also foreigners, in particular Russians, who were on the territory of the churches.
Some of the citizens of Russia provided passports and military tickets of the USSR, some did not have original documents, but only copies, or passports of Ukraine with signs of forgery or damage.
A 32-year-old Ukrainian, who is probably involved in the illegal activities of the pro-Russian information agency "Antvan", was on the territory of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.
"At the same time, he is a trustee of the owner of the Russian company of the same name "ANTVAN GROUP" - a citizen of the Russian Federation O. V. Orlov, who owned a number of land plots and public catering establishments in Ukraine. Currently, this property has been seized as part of criminal proceedings," the SBU explains .
The following were also removed from the churches:
pro-Russian literature, which is used during studies in seminaries and parish schools, including for propaganda of the "Russian world";
cash in the total amount of more than 2 million hryvnias, more than 100 thousand US dollars and several thousand Russian rubles.
All found materials were submitted for appropriate expert research.
It will be recalled that earlier the SSU reported that it was conducting searches in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and three more churches in the Rivne region.