A Kyiv court has prohibited the Svoboda opposition party from staging rallies in the center of the Ukrainian capital on July 27 and July 28, the party’s press service said on Thursday.

Explaining his decision, the judge said that Svoboda’s planned protests against a visit to Ukraine by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who are expected to attend celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus, might lead to violations of citizens’ rights and might disrupt public order, the press service said, Interfax-Ukraine informed.

"The court’s decision is blatantly biased and violates Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Article 39 of the Ukrainian Constitution, which regulates citizens’ right to peaceful assembly," Svoboda’s representative at court Stepan Kudarenko was quoted by the party’s press service as saying.

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