Ukraine President Zelensky, promoted as a defender of democracy, is accused of unfairly imprisoning critics and other opponents. He has thrown priests in prison, including the head of the Orthodox church.
On Friday, he signed a law moving the official Christmas Day holiday to Dec. 25 from Jan. 7, the day when the Russian Orthodox Church observes it. The Russian Orthodox Church vows to keep to the date.
According to the note attached to the law, the goal is to “abandon the Russian heritage,” including that of “imposing the celebration of Christmas” on Jan. 7. It cited Ukrainians’ “relentless, successful struggle for their identity” and “the desire of all Ukrainians to live their lives with their own traditions, holidays,” fueled by Russia’s 17-month-old aggression against the country.
Zelensky would be better off considering negotiations and how he could save Ukrainian lives.
This is a totalitarian move. It’s not done in democracies without a vote by the people or representatives. He rules like a dictator.
Last December, Zelensky shut down an entire Orthodox sect.
Mr.r Zelensky claimed that an Orthodox church and some organizations had undermined support for Ukraine in its war against Russia, so he had to shut them down. He claimed that the move is necessary to prevent Russia from being able to “weaken Ukraine from within.”
He did it unilaterally. Some saw it as arbitrary.
He also seized five major Ukrainian companies. Mr. Zelensky was angry with the owner of two of them.