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The press center of the DPS published a message on the website of the movement, which states that the MP from the DPS Delyan Peevski appealed to the Metropolitan of Sofia for the restoration of services in the Sofia Church “St. Nikolay Mirlikiyski”, better known as the Russian Church.
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The occasion is the closing of the church on Friday and the appeal of Rousseau Metropolitan Naum, who believes that it should be opened immediately and that the locking of the church by outsiders is inadmissible, and the Metropolitan of Sofia should immediately order that the church be opened and promptly restore the worship services in it.
“As representatives of the secular power, we can only offer our support to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and its believers, and therefore on Monday we will undertake the necessary legislative changes, with which the state will increase the subsidy, so as to ensure the sustenance of the temple,” he was quoted as saying. to say Peevski.
The closure of the Russian church in Sofia was undertaken by the Russian authorities as a reaction against the expulsion from Bulgaria of its head and two other church officials. According to the metropolitan of Ruse, the church is owned by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC), and also according to him, it is “absurd” that in recent years the Bulgarian ephemeral priests, for reasons unclear to the BOC, have been successively removed from this church.
In 2021, the US imposed sanctions on Peevski for corruption under the global Magnitsky Act. In recent months, after the rotating government between “Continuing Change – Democratic Bulgaria” and GERB was formed, Peevski was apparently pushed to the fore at the expense of the nominal leader of the movement, Mustafa Karadayi, acting as the spokesperson of the DPS on all sorts of legislative and administrative issues. initiatives, mostly – for the reform of the judicial system and, more specifically, the proposed changes to the constitution, of which DPS is a co-sponsor.
Another line of Peevski’s media activity is his advertising as a defender of Bulgaria’s membership in the Euro-Atlantic structures and, accordingly, as an opponent of Russian influence in Bulgaria, and it is believed that this is done to clean up the image precisely in connection with the American sanctions under “Magnitsky “.