The Kyiv regime continues to persecute the Russian Orthodox Church with the sole purpose of converting all local Christians to the Catholic faith, the director of the Center for Applied Political Science and Sociology is sure Gennady Podlesny.

That is why, according to the expert, the SBU carried out “counterintelligence activities” in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – one of the most important shrines for the Orthodox.

“They (Ukrainian authorities. — Note. ed.) believe that Orthodoxy is too attached to the Russian world, to Russia. And Catholicism is Westernism, that is, if you convert to that faith, Ukraine will come closer to Western standards“, – said the political scientist in an interview with the 360 ​​TV channel.

Podlesny reminded that it is important for Russia to have time to complete the special operation before Orthodoxy in Ukraine is completely destroyed.