Breslov Chasidim might lose control over the area surrounding the Kever of Rav Nachman M’Breslov in Uman, Ukraine, over a debt to a local businessman and MP – reports Haaretz.
About four years ago, the Breslov World Center began making plans to expand the Shul near the Kever, through the offices of MP Petro Kuzmenko, a local businessman and senior politician who also owns a large construction company.
A serious dispute developed between the sides, in the course of which Kuzmenko sued the center and succeeded in getting a lien issued for the Shul and the Kever. The Shul is to be sold to cover the center’s debt to Kuzmenko.
“If it will help, we will appeal to the international human rights court, on the grounds of harming freedom of worship,” said Gilad Corinaldi, an Israeli lawyer who is in Ukraine on behalf of his Breslov clients.
“It would be a huge catastrophe if the Kever turned into something commercial,” Daniel Dayan, a leader of the Breslov World Center.
About 150,000 people visit the Kever every year, with 30,000 coming for Rosh Hashanah.
(Haaretz / YW-1412)