Ukrainian police search homes of Russian Orthodox priests

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Source: Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police searched the homes of Russian Orthodox priests and Russian Orthodox churches in several cities Monday, stepping up pressure as Kiev pushes for the creation of an independent Ukrainian church.

The eight searches in Ukraine’s capital and the nearby Zhytomyr region were part of a criminal investigation into inciting hatred and violence, according to a police statement.

The Russian Orthodox Church said Sunday that more than 20 Orthodox priests had been summoned for questioning by Ukraine’s SBU security service. One priest who has drawn particular attention is the head of Kiev’s Pechersk Monastery.

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