US Ambassador Studies Orthodox Church Transfer
01.28.04 (RISU.org.ua) Kyiv -- John Herbst, US ambassador to Ukraine, on
18 January 2004 acquainted himself with the situation over the Church of
the Protection of the Mother of God in the village of Malyn, central
Ukrainian Zhytomyr region, and studied the documents about the church.
Presently in the possession of the Rusyn Orthodox Church-Abroad (ROC-A),
headed by Metropolitan Lavr, the Malyn administration is trying to transfer
the church to the ownership of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow
Fr. Vasyl Demchenko, pastor of the church, acquainted Ambassador Herbst
with a letter from the National Committee on Religious Matters, which
assigned a special commission to deal with the situation over the church.
According to the US Embassy in Kyiv, Ambassador Herbst is a member of the
Russian Orthodox Church-Abroad. This church jurisdiction is related to the
Rusyn Orthodox Church-Abroad.
RISU reported about the situation in Malyn on 14 January 2003.