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Ukraine stops broadcasting Russian Orthodox TV channel Soyuz

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=5067 11 August 2008, 11:11 Ukraine stops broadcasting Russian Orthodox TV channel Soyuz Moscow, August 11,
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      11 August 2008, 11:11
      Ukraine stops broadcasting Russian Orthodox TV channel Soyuz

      Moscow, August 11, Interfax - About 25 operators of cable television
      in Kiev, Sevastopol and Odessa terminated their cooperation with Soyuz.

      "Broadcasting of the Soyuz Orthodox TV channel is stopped in
      Ukraine," press-service of the Ukrainian Union of Orthodox Citizens
      told Interfax-Religion.

      The interviewee of the agency said it became a compulsory measure
      taken by operators "to execute decisions of the Ukrainian National
      Security Council on "cleanup" of informational space in the country."

      "These repressions will have the converse effect - people will strive
      to get Soyuz back, to pick up Orthodox broadcast through satellites
      and Soyuz will have more actual analytical programs especially on
      situation in Ukraine," the Union of Orthodox Citizens said.

      They reminded it was "not the first "Orange" act against Orthodox
      television: Orthodox channel Kievskaya Rus was barred from
      broadcasting after "the Orange Revolution."

      "Information is the most important factor of our life, thus the
      attempts to deprive millions of Orthodox Ukrainian citizens of their
      right on information are the direct persecutions of Orthodoxy," the
      press service stressed.

      "It's clear Orthodox majority in Ukraine doesn't want to listen to
      anti-canonical anti-church absurd about "local Ukrainian Church" and
      "Orthodox Pope" in the person of the Constantinople Patriarch, but
      those who seek separation of the Ukrainian Church from the Russian
      spare no effort to impose this absurd on Ukraine," representatives of
      Orthodox community stated.

      They believe, "human rights organizations and Russian Foreign
      Ministry should focus on" the situation with rights of Orthodox
      citizens in Ukraine and "ban on broadcasting of Orthodox channel Soyuz."
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