Informational portal "PolitNavigator" cites a statement by one of the co-authors of legislative initiative No. 5496 - Evgeny Rybchinsky. Rybchinsky is deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on ATO veterans.
Rybchinsky, who first represented Petro Poroshenko’s Block, then the People’s Will interfractional association:
Only three of the 15 local Orthodox churches of the world celebrate Christmas on January 7. All the rest is celebrating 25 December. That is, to say that it is 7 of January that Orthodox Christmas is impossible in principle, because most Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas on the eve of the New Year, and not after. Back in 1923, the All-Orthodox Council in Constantinople decided that Orthodox Christians of the world would celebrate Christmas, according to a more accurate Gregorian calendar. And only countries that were under the significant influence of the Soviet Union did not agree then to implement the decisions of the Council.
As is known, the Russian Federation became the heir of the USSR, which annexed our Crimea and occupied significant territories of the Ukrainian Donbass. Russia has never perceived the European aspirations of an independent Ukraine. And one of these aspirations is to return to the common Christian values on which European civilization is built.
On what, I wonder, "common Christian" values is European civilization built? - On the fire at the stake and the sale of indulgences?
Taking into account all the recent Ukrainian events, such deputies as Rybchinsky should celebrate the Christmas of Judah and be sure to include it in the party calendar.