The case with the closure of the Russian Church in Sofia remains unresolved for now.
It is not yet clear when services will be restored in the church, although Patriarch Neofit has taken action by appointing Bulgarian priests to serve in the church.
Will the Russian Church be open four days after its lockdown?
It is clarified whose property the temple is – Russian or Bulgarian. The church was closed on Friday after its priests were found guilty of spying for Russia and expelled.
The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Bulgarian ambassador to Moscow
At the moment, the temple remains closed. Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov commented that the Bulgarian state is ready to assist in the restoration of services in the temple, but only if the Synod deems it necessary.
Whose property is the Russian Church and who is responsible for appointing new priests there?
Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova stated that the Russian Embassy in Sofia will take action regarding the Church of St. Nicholas Mirlikiyski in coordination with the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Holy Synod announced that they would not comment on the ownership of the temple until their meeting on October 3.