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    Religion and the Majdan


    Zisels: The enforcers are being brainwashed that Maidan has been organized by the Jews, so they must beat everyone.

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    Kyiv says 506 parishes have shifted from Moscow Church; Moscow claims only 61 have
    EUROMAIDAN PRESS Paul Goble 2019/03/31 - 12:08

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    The Ukrainian map of 506 parishes that changed their allegiance from the Moscow Patriarchate to the OCU as of March 31, 2019. (Image: Google Maps)

    Since the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) was formed and granted autocephaly by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople last year, both it and the Moscow Patriarchates exarchate in Ukraine agree that a number of churches have shifted their allegiance from the Moscow church to the Ukrainian one. But they disagree as to how many.

    A month ago, the OCU said that 340 parishes had shifted their allegiance, while the Moscow Church said only 36 had. Now Moscow acknowledges that the number which have shifted has increased to 61; but the OCU says that 506 have done so.

    The Ukrainian figures are almost certainly closer to the mark too many journalists are checking these reports for them to be off by as much as Moscow claims and that means that four months into the process, one of every 24 churches formerly subordinate to Moscow in Ukraine is now part of the autocephalous church.

    Given the enormous share of the Moscow Patriarchates churches located in Ukraine, and given Moscows desire to muddy the waters so that no one will be certain as to exactly how fast this process is going, journalists in the name of objectivity will always cite the Moscow figures along with the Kyiv ones. The Russian church has every reason to understate the numbers.

    That will become even more the case when the number shifting from Moscow to Kyiv has reached a tipping point in the regions. When a certain critical number of churches has changed allegiance, others follow at a rapid rate and that tipping point is now within reach in many but not yet all of Ukraines oblasts.

    s a result, it is important to keep track of these developments on the two competing maps, not because the Moscow figures are accurate but because they will be used by the Russian government to try to effectively undercut Ukraine given that Moscow recognizes that most of the Western journalists who cover Ukraine do so from Moscow rather than Kyiv.

    The Ukrainian map of parishes that changed their allegiance from the Moscow Patriarchate to the OCU is at google.com/maps. The Russian one is at google.com/maps.http://euromaidanpress.com/2019/03/3...-only-61-have/

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    Ukraine's Orthodox Church Faces Eviction In Russia-Annexed Crimea
    RFE/RL March 29, 2019 14:16 GMT

    Ukraine's independent Orthodox Church is facing eviction in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, which was seized by Russia in 2014.

    Crimea's Russia-installed minister of land and property issues, Anna Anyukhina, told the state-run TASS news agency on March 29 that the peninsula's Moscow-controlled government had filed a lawsuit with a local court demanding the church's eviction.

    "This religious organization has failed to reorganize its founding documents in compliance with the legislature of the Russian Federation and currently does not pay taxes in Crimea and is not officially registered, Anyukhina said.

    "Due to the reason that this organization has no reason to remain in the building it occupies, the ministry is working on vacating that building and a relevant motion has been filed with a court," she added.

    Anyukhina added that the church will be allowed to use the building for free on a contractual basis if it re-registers with Russian authorities.

    In early January the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was granted independence, or autocephaly, ending more than 330 years of Russian religious control in Ukraine.

    Moscow long opposed such efforts by the Ukrainians for an independent church, which intensified after Russia annexed Crimea and threw support to separatists in parts of Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

    Earlier in March, Russia-controlled authorities in Crimea briefly detained the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the region, Archbishop Klyment, for unknown reasons.

    Klyment, who heads the Orthodox mission to help victims of human rights violations and persons deprived of their freedom, said in February that Crimean authorities were set to revoke a lease on his church because he failed to register the parish in the Russian Federation.

    Russia took control of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 after sending in troops, seizing key facilities, and staging a referendum dismissed as illegal by at least 100 countries.
    https://www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-s-or...hmediaplayer=1
    With reporting by TASS



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    New details emerge on reported torture of Jehovahs Witnesses
    MEDUZA 10:04, 21 february 2019

    Following mass searches and arrests near the Siberian city of Surgut earlier this month, several Jehovahs Witnesses being held in the city said they had been tortured by law enforcement officers. On February 20, seven adherents of the religious group, which is banned in Russia, reported that officers caused them prolonged pain in an effort to discover where the group met and who attended meetings as well as the identities of local elders.

    Both the official website of Jehovahs Witnesses in Russia and individual adherents who were arrested said they were beaten, suffocated, and given electric shocks to their genitals. Among other sources, both TV Rain and OVD-Info interviewed Jehovahs Witnesses and their attorneys to confirm that information in detail. OVD-Infos report indicated that the group of 40 or so people arrested this month included minors. It also revealed that while those who said they were tortured sought medical help and asked for a record of their injuries to be created, their attorney, Dmitry Kolobov, said medical staff were insufficiently trained to locate electric shock marks and recorded large hematomas as minor bruises.

    Russias Investigative Committee denied that members of Jehovahs Witnesses had been tortured in Surgut. Officials said no member of the group had made an official complaint regarding torture and that because the organization is banned in Russia, reports of torture that appeared on its website should never have been published in the country.

    The reports of torture come amid an ongoing crackdown on Jehovahs Witnesses in Russia. Officials at the highest levels of government have defended the countrys ban on the organization, and in other parts of Russia, efforts to prosecute its members or transfer its former property to the state are ongoing.https://meduza.io/en/news/2019/02/21...ah-s-witnesses

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    War is a catalyst for change, says Sviatoslav, Head of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
    EUROMAIDAN PRESS Ruslana Tkachenko 2019/02/09 - 16:47

    Recently His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) presented his new book Д╕ялог л╕ку╓ рани (Dialogue Heals Wounds). The book is written as an interview between the Head of the UGCC SViatoslav and the editor of the Polish Catholic News Agency Krzysztof Tomaszek.

    In his book Dialogue Heals Wounds His Beatitude Sviatoslav speaks about the war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian relations against the background of this war, and the changes that have taken place in Ukraine during this period. He offers ten ideas for readers to mull over

    1. When war broke out, many young people said that Ukraine would never go back, would never return to the past and they were absolutely right! This is not a political or electoral question. The changes that have taken place are irreversible and there will be no return to post-Soviet reality.
    2, Even in Russia, the aggressor state, people say that by launching and supporting the war, Russia has lost Ukraine for good.
    3. Only now do many Ukrainians realize that we are a different nation and that we must count only on ourselves and no one else, that its up to us to defend our homes and build our future. Ukraines future is in our hands! 4. Today, everything depends on us, and not on Russia.
    4. Each Ukrainian region has its own identity and specificity. Now, as never before, we feel and understand that Ukraine stands united for the idea of freedom and independence.
    5. Changes are usually spontaneous; nobody plans them, so even Ukrainians are surprised when they happen, not to speak of our neighbours and our own and foreign politicians.
    6. Today, were witnessing the birth of something new in Ukraine. This, in turn, gives birth to optimism, because its much better than what we had yesterday.
    7. The Revolution of Dignity was a turning point in a long historical process and a strong response to outside aggression. Ukrainian citizens united under the slogan: Never again will we be treated like slaves! Today, Ukrainians pose the following questions: How do we build a new Ukraine? On which foundations should a free and independent Ukraine be created?
    8. Not only do the hopes and pains that we suffer during this war constitute a priceless experience for Ukraine and Ukrainians, but they can also be shared with our neighbours, both in the West and in the East.
    9. Despite new challenges and difficulties, there is hope. Weve gone through many positive and irreversible changes. We cannot and will not return to the Soviet Union, although there are still too many people who recall this period with some nostalgia.
    10. My predecessor, His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar once said that for modern dictators, hungry people are not as dangerous as people who firmly believe in dignity. You can feed the hungry, but when it comes to dignity, either this dignity is granted naturally, or the people will lose their lives. You cannot force anyone to live in a country where human dignity is trampled daily.http://euromaidanpress.com/2019/02/0...tholic-church/
    Translated by: Christine Chraibi
    Source: News.UGCC



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    12 Kyiv priests from Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate join new local church in Ukraine
    They were the intellectual elite of their former organization.
    UNIAN: 23:57, 06 February 2019

    Twelve Kyiv priests of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) have joined the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

    The Moscow Patriarchate banned them from serving for "a schism," the Kyiv-based Metropolia of the former UOC-MP said on its website.

    As is seen from the list of the priests' names, the intellectual elite, who for a long time were involved in the formation of church policy and education, and also played a significant role in Ukraine in creating a positive public opinion about UOC-MP, left their former organization, the Religion in Ukraine portal said.

    As UNIAN reported earlier, more than 200 parishes of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate have already joined the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

    UNIAN memo. The Unification Council of members of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Kyiv on December 15 elected Metropolitan of Pereyaslavsky and Bila Tserkva from the then Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate Epifaniy (also known as Epiphanius I) as head of the new local Orthodox church in Ukraine. On January 6, Epifaniy, as Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, received the tomos of autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul, Turkey. Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy was inaugurated as Primate of the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine at Kyiv's Saint Sophia Cathedral on February 3. UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10437...n-ukraine.html





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    Russia-occupied Crimea's de facto authorities want to close cathedral of new Ukrainian church
    The occupying authorities have ordered the priests to leave the premises.
    UNIAN: 22:58, 08 February 2019

    Russia-occupied Crimea's de facto authorities want to close the major cathedral of the newly created Ukrainian Orthodox Church the Cathedral of Saints Volodymyr and Olha in the center of Simferopol.

    Archbishop of Chernihiv and Nizhyn of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Yevstratiy (Zorya) reported this on Facebook, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

    "Archbishop Clement with the parish of the Cathedral of Saints Volodymyr and Olha in Simferopol need general prayer support the occupying authorities have ordered them to leave the premises," he said.

    "The only Ukrainian Orthodox Church in that city is facing liquidation. Obviously, this is Moscow's revenge, including for the Archbishop's human rights activities," he added.

    UNIAN memo. The Unification Council of members of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Kyiv on December 15 elected Metropolitan of Pereyaslavsky and Bila Tserkva from the then Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate Epifaniy (also known as Epiphanius I) as head of the new local Orthodox church in Ukraine. On January 6, Epifaniy, as Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, received the tomos of autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul, Turkey. Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy was inaugurated as Primate of the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine at Kyiv's Saint Sophia Cathedral on February 3.https://www.unian.info/society/10440...an-church.html





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    INTERFAX-UKRAINE 09:36 04.02.2019
    Poroshenko vows there would be no 'state church' in Ukraine

    The constitutional principle of independence of religious organizations from the state will remain inviolable in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko said.

    "I will stress once again: the recently registered Orthodox Church of Ukraine is and will be independent from the state in line with the Constitution of Ukraine. There will be no state church in Ukraine. This constitutional principle has been and remains to be inviolable," Poroshenko said following the enthronization ceremony of Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kyiv and All Ukraine, the primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, in Kyiv on Sunday.

    The Ukrainian state has done all it could for the establishment of an autocephalous Orthodox church in Ukraine, he said.

    "I am convinced that independence and mutual respect open the path to true partnership between the state and the church and to our joint work for the benefit of the country and the people," he said.https://en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/563500.html

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    Over 100 parishes of former Moscow Patriarchate join new independent Church in Ukraine
    The process of transition of religious communities from the former UOC-MP to the OCU is just beginning.
    UNIAN: 18:40, 31 January 2019

    Over the five years of war with Russia, before the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine gained autocephaly, less than a hundred parishes came out of the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, said Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya) of Chernihiv and Nizhyn.
    "Over almost five years since the start of Russian aggression, the number of religious communities that left the Moscow Patriarchate was less than a hundred. Within just one month [after the OCU received the tomos of autocephaly], it's already been more than a hundred," he told a round table in Kyiv on Thursday, an UNIAN correspondent reports.

    Is it many or few? Given the fact that in five years, less than a hundred withdrew during the war, this is many. Given that the Moscow Patriarchate has 11,000 religious communities registered in Ukraine, this is obviously not much, but we are standing at the beginning of this process," Yevstratiy added.


    As UNIAN reported earlier, the Unification Council of members of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Kyiv on December 15 elected Metropolitan of Pereyaslavsky and Bila Tserkva from the then Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate Epifaniy (also known as Epiphanius I) as head of the new local Orthodox church in Ukraine.

    On January 6, Epifaniy, as Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, received the tomos of autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul, Turkey. https://www.unian.info/society/10429...n-ukraine.html


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    Russia starts waging hybrid warfare against Ukrainian church in 1991 Archbishop
    The archbishop says Moscow still controls part of the Orthodox parishes.
    UNIAN:16:06, 31 January 2019

    Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya) of Chernihiv and Nizhyn has said Russia started waging hybrid warfare against the Ukrainian church in 1991.

    "If Ukraine faced open hybrid warfare in 2014, the Ukrainian church encountered this hybrid war in 1991, immediately after the declaration of independence," he said during a round table in Kyiv.

    According to the archbishop, this happened immediately after the "council of the Ukrainian church in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra unanimously decided that, based on the canons of historical tradition and the fact that Ukraine became an independent state, the Ukrainian church should be autocephalous, i.e.

    Yevstratiy said that everything had been done right after that council to "stage a coup against the leaders of the church according to the same scenario [later] used to seize Crimea and create fake republics in Donetsk and Luhansk; Moscow used the same scenario to partly seize the Ukrainian church and it still firmly controls it."

    The archbishop is convinced Moscow continues controlling part of the Orthodox parishes "to prevent the sacred recognition that the Ukrainian people are a separate nation, that Ukraine is a real state, since these are two mainstays for the existence of the local church." https://www.unian.info/society/10429...rchbishop.html

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    All parishes in one of Lviv districts join new Orthodox Church of Ukraine
    In total, 13 out of 60 parishes of the former UOC-MP in Lviv region have already joined the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
    UNIAN:16:04, 30 January 2019 Ukraine

    All nine parishes of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) in the Sokal district of Lviv region have joined the newly established Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

    "If not the first, then at least we are one of the first districts of Ukraine. I have always argued that the Sokal district community is highly patriotic and conscious. Despite certain local politicians who tried to speculate on this topic and sow discord in church communities, the Ukrainian local church has won! All nine parishes of the so-called 'Moscow Church' have decided to switch to the management of the native canonical Ukrainian church. The Sokal district is fully cleared," Chairman of Sokal District Council Mykola Pasko wrote on Facebook.

    In total, 13 out of 60 parishes of the former UOC-MP in Lviv region have already joined the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
    UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/society/10427...f-ukraine.html


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    Are the Uniates about to make common cause with newly autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox?
    EUROMAIDAN PRESS 2019/01/05 - 16:5

    With the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) receiving the tomos of autocephaly from the Universal Patriarch Bartholomew, the religious balance in Ukraine swings away from Moscow to Kyiv, with the Russian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate (ROC MP) losing many of its current positions and the OCU becoming a sign of Ukraines increasing independence from Moscow.

    But a development two weeks ago, little noticed then but a matter of concern in Russia now, may give the new OCU even more clout and power not only within Ukraine but vis--vis Moscow in the Orthodox world. And that is this: the head of the 4.5 million Uniates suggested his church, which is Orthodox in practice but subordinate to Rome, should ally with the OCU.

    On December 18, the head of the Greek Catholic Church, as the Uniates are known officially, sent a letter to incoming OCU head Metropolitan Epiphany proposing that the two churches work closely together and thus begin together the path to unity and truth.

    Although today we are not in complete eucharistic community, we are called upon to jointly overcome the obstacles which stand on the path to unity, Uniate Archbishop Svyatoslav said. Noting their common roots, he said that he was extending his hand in the name of our Church to You and to all Orthodox brothers.

    The archbishop added that in his view, the future of Ukraine depends on Church unity. Ukrainian outlets not surprisingly are thrilled by this given that the Uniates are concentrated in the western portions of Ukraine and tend to be more nationalistic than many of the Orthodox in the east.

    But for precisely that reason, Russian commentators are worried about this possibility, with Yevgeny Chernyshov of the Nakaune news agency professing in an article today to see this as the work of the Vatican and very much directed against the Russian Orthodox Church and Moscows interests.

    Whether anything will come of this remains to be seen, but if the Uniates do unite with the OCU, that will make the latter not only overwhelmingly the largest church in Ukraine but one with links to Rome as well as Constantinople, both of which will make the new church vastly more important and vastly more of a threat to Russia than it would otherwise be.
    http://euromaidanpress.com/2019/01/0...nian-orthodox/

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    Ukrainian Orthodox Church head says Russian Orthodox Church will remain in Ukraine as many want it and hes not against that
    EUROMAIDAN PRES 2019/01/05 - 17:37

    To hear Moscow propagandists talk, you would think that the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) in combination with the Ukrainian government would use Gestapo-type tactics to suppress all congregations there now affiliated with the Moscow Patriarchate.

    But Metropolitan Epiphany of Kyiv, the head of the new OCU, says that is absurd and that the Moscow exarchate will continue to exist in Ukraine because many believers want it to and that he has nothing against that outcome.

    We understand that in Ukraine the Russian Orthodox Church will in the future continue to exist and that many want to remain there. We do not have anything against this. A hierarch or priest with his flock must decide for themselves. If they decide they want to voluntarily join the newly formed OCU we will accept them in our structure of a single OCU.

    The doors of the OCU are open for all Orthodox in Ukraine. Each must make a choice, and if one speaks of any OCU strategy about those beyond its ranks, it must be formed on the evangelical principle of love, peace, mutual understanding and fraternal mutual respect, Metropolitan Epiphany says.

    Many parishes and some hierarchs of the Moscow exarchate have already shifted to the OCU, and the church leader hopes there will be more. One reason for that shift is the new Ukrainian law which requires the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate to identify itself openly as the Russian Orthodox Church, one whose headquarters are not in Ukraine but in Moscow.
    http://euromaidanpress.com/2019/01/0...-against-that/

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    Now-independent Ukrainian Orthodox church set to be major player internationally, Illarionov says
    EUROMAIDAN PRESS Paul Goble 2019/01/10 - 16:49

    Russian commentator Andrey Illarionov has carefully compared the status of Ukrainian Orthodoxy in terms of 25 basic issues of church life and concluded that the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) is now completely out from under the control of the Russian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate (ROC MP), has expanded its powers over its internal life and become an independent actor in international church affairs.

    Of the 25 issues that define the status of an Orthodox church, he continues, the status of the OCU is no greater than that of its Ukrainian predecessor, on six it has put itself under the Universal Patriarchate in Constantinople, in one it has acquired new obligations and limitations, but in 14 it has obtained new or better defined rights.

    Specifically, its status has not changed with regard to the title of the head of the church, its jurisdiction or its role regarding congregations abroad. In six cases, it has simply put itself under the auspices of the Universal Patriarchate rather than the Moscow one. And in one, it has accepted new limitations with representatives of Constantinople now playing a role in Ukraine.

    But on 14 issues, the Ukrainian Orthodox church has acquired new rights or had its rights more carefully defined, including its name, status, canonical links, sources of law, organs of power and administration, election of its head, the administration of internal affairs, the formation of bishoprics, church courts, inter-church recognition, its place in the hierarchy of autocephalous churches, and its participation in inter-church and inter-Orthodox councils.

    All those gains mean that the OCU will now be an important player in the Orthodox world and also in the ecumenical world as well, having gained new rights and the status of the second largest Orthodox church in the world, a status that is especially important because the largest, the ROC MP, has declined in size so markedly because of Ukrainian autocephaly.

    As the author of these lines and others have said, the achievement of Ukrainian autocephaly changes the world as much as the achievement of Ukrainian political independence in 1991. It contributes to the completion of that process and opens the way to a role for Ukraine internationally far beyond what even the most optimistic assumed was possible a few years ago.
    http://euromaidanpress.com/2019/01/1...larionov-says/

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    Ukrainian autocephaly a defeat for Putin but a victory for a future Free Russia, Illarionov says
    EUROMAIDAN PRESS Paul Goble 2019/01/11 - 12:03

    Many commentators have suggested that the grant of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is a great victory for Ukrainians but a defeat for Russians, but that is not the case, Andrey Illarionov says. It is a defeat for Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin but it is very much a victory for the free citizens of Free Russia in the future.

    The receipt of independence by the Ukrainian church, the Russian commentator says, is a death blow to the most important element of the Russian imperial institutional infrastructure that still has been preserved. The destruction of that infrastructure is necessary for a free Russia to emerge.

    Indeed, if that imperial infrastructure continues to exist, Illarionov argues, the appearance of a free Russia is, judging from everything, impossible. And thus the establishment of an autocephalous church of Ukraine is an absolutely necessary preliminary step on the path to a free Russia.

    The Russian imperial institutional infrastructure, which began to be put in place in the middle of the 16th century and achieved at the end of the 1980s the peak of its power consisted at that time of the following five elements:

    1. The communist party (i.e. the Communist Part of the Soviet Union and the parties of the satellite countries), State and multi-lateral institutions,
    2. The army (i.e. the Soviet Armed Forces and the armed forces of the Warsaw Pact),
    3. The special services (i.e. the non-public cooperation of special services of these states),
    4. Orthodoxy (i.e. the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate).

    The first of these was dismantled under Mikhail Gorbachev.

    The dissolution of the second one was partially completed by 2014 and has been further weakened by Moscows war against Ukraine.

    And the third and fourth have been weakened over time but still constitute a serious threat to and source of worry in Russias neighbors.

    That leaves the fifth element of this imperial infrastructure Orthodoxy or more precisely the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (ROC MP). It had largely remained in place, at least at the level of claims, with the exception of the disputed cases in Estonia and Moldova and allowed Moscow to speak about a broad Russian canonical territory.

    Indeed, the ROC MP to this day claims a canonical territory which covers more than 35 percent of the earths surface, Illarionov says. And because the other four elements of Russian imperial infrastructure had disappeared or been weakened, it is not surprising that imperialists in Moscow placed and place particular hopes on the ROC MP and its canonical territory.

    The weakening and eventual demise of this fifth element required the rise of independent states seeking their own autocephalous churches.

    Ukraine is especially important because of its size and because of the way in which its independence and now the independence of its church strike at the imperial nature of the ROC MP and push it toward becoming a national church.

    Unfortunately, Illarionov continues, neither the ROC MP nor Russian society as a whole is in a position to escape on their own from the imperial nature of the Russian Orthodox Church. Ukraines action thus not only achieves something critical for the Ukrainian nation and its independence but also something at least as important for a future free Russia.

    Other national churches will emerge on the former Soviet space, he continues; but what is important and deserving of celebration now is that it has begun. Russian citizens thus should be extremely grateful to the Ukrainians, the Universal Patriarchate and Patriarch Bartholomew personally. http://euromaidanpress.com/2019/01/1...larionov-says/

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