State-church relations in Ukraine at the present stage: the objective need for changing models


  • Oleksandr N. Sagan



The article analyzes the functions of the state body for religious affairs, in particular the problem of the loss of effectiveness and the possibilities of this body to influence the state of state-church relations. It is proposed to change Josef Stalin's proposed model of the existence of a separate state body for religious affairs to introduce instead the institution of the Ombudsman on freedom of conscience with the powers of the central executive body and its vertical in all regional centers. The basic function of this Ombudsman should be the systematic monitoring of violations in the field of freedom of conscience and the implementation of practical steps for the non-administrative (non-forceful) response to these violations