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Jovan VI (Vraniškovski) of Ohrid

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He was sentenced for the second time, on charges raised by the [[schism]]atic [[Macedonian Orthodox Church]] for "Embezzlement" of a donation of 57.000 Euro - money he never touched nor used and which was timely handed over to the court of first instance in Veles, in the first moment when this was requested by the donor, who later testified before the court that Archbishop Jovan is innocent. Based on the donor's testimony the Archbishop was twice liberated, and the third time, after a severe political pressure, he was sentenced to imprisonment.
As a second defendant he was sentenced to a higher prison term (2 years) than the first defendand defendant (who was sentenced 1 year and 3 months) in 2006.
He was imprisoned on [[August 8]], 2006 and served 256 days before being released.
* [[SCOBA]] Condemned the Imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan by FYROM and asked for his release [http://www.scoba.us/articles/2005-08-11-condemns-jovan-release.html]
* [[Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York|Metropolitan Herman]] of [[OCA]] called for release of Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid [http://www.oca.org/News.asp?ID=1118&SID=19]
 
==Release from Prison==
On February 2, 2015, in compliance with the ruling of the Skopje Court, Archbishop Jovan (Vraniskovski) of Ohrid, a hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, was released from the Idrizovo prison.<ref name=DECR2015>''[https://mospat.ru/en/2015/02/03/news115108/ ARCHBISHOP JOVAN (VRANISKOVSKY) OF OHRID RELEASED FROM PRISON].'' The Russian Orthodox Church Department for External Church Relations. 03.02.2015 12:11.</ref>
 
His situation and physical condition were considered at the fraternal meeting between His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Holiness Patriarch Irenaeus of Serbia on November 15, 2014, in Belgrade. On December 20, 2014, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and His Holiness Patriarch Irenaeus, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, visited Skopje and met with Archbishop Jovan. On the same day, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk met in Skopje with the Republic of Macedonia’s state leaders – President G Ivanov and Prime Minister N. Gruevski. Metropolitan Hilarion also met with Archbishop Stephan, head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, who is outside of communion with the world Orthodoxy at present.<ref name=DECR2015/>
 
The release of Archbishop Jovan is hailed in the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches with gratitude to God.<ref name=DECR2015/>
==Books==
* The Church is One
* Autonomy or Autocephaly
 
==References==
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==Sources==
* Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. ''[http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/2011/archbishop-jovan-release Assembly of Bishops Condemns Imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan by FYROM and Asks for His Release].'' December 27, 2011, New York.
==See alsoExternal Links==
[http://www.pravmir.ru/article_1203.html Православие и мир - Современные гонения на православных в Македонии]
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