New denominational regulations were established at the state level by the Russian occupiers in Crimea. From now on, not all religions are considered to be recognized by the state.
Orthodoxy, Islam and Judaism are now recognized official in Crimea. Catholics turned out to be outlawed, reads the statement on the official international website of the denomination Catholicculture.org. According to it, the persecution of Catholicism in the Crimea began immediately after the annexation of the peninsula by Russia.
The traditional Ukrainian Orthodox churches that are not subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate are declared illegal in Crimea.
QHA has already drawn attention to the problem of repression committed by Russian occupation authorities against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Crimean Archbishop Clement then told how Russians artificially reduce the number of parishes, seizing the churches and placing them under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate.