The Metropolitan Church of Bessarabia (MCB) is an Orthodox Christian Church, which split from the Metropolitan Church of Moldova in 1992.
The Moldovan authorities refused to recognise or register the MCB. The country’s Supreme Court of Justice backed this decision, on the grounds that only the Metropolitan Church of Moldova could decide upon recognition of the MCB.
The refusal to recognise the MCB meant that its priests could not give services and its members could not meet to practice their religion. The MCB was not protected, as it did not legally exist.