Summarized by Kent Larsen
Is the LDS Church being stonewalled on Kiev, Ukraine Temple? (Former USSR lurches toward religious freedom)
Deseret News 9Oct99 N1
By Carrie A. Moore: Deseret News religion editor
The LDS Church announced more than a year ago that a temple will be
built in Kiev, Ukraine, the first temple in the former Soviet Union.
But so far, no groundbreaking has been scheduled. While delays of a
year or more for a groundbreaking are not unusual, a comment in this
Deseret News article on religious freedom in the former Soviet Union
gives a hint at the reasons for the delay.
While oberving that the transition to laws supporting religious
freedom can be difficult, Lyudmila Filipovich, a lecturer on law and
religion in Kiev, says, "as far as I know, the local officials
wouldn't give" [permission for the building of the temple.] "This
(type of challenge) deals not only with new religions
brought into the Ukraine, but I think the same problem would be faced
by Greek Catholicism in (one geographic area) where the main religion
is Greek Orthodox."
The article doesn't give any further details on when the temple may be built.