The failure of the “Russian world”: why Tomos for Ukraine is a big cross on the plans

The granting of the Tomos Ukraine pretty annoying the Kremlin. They understand the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church puts an end to Putin’s plans to restore the so-called “Russian world”.

There have heard negative comments and throw in the direction of Kiev, and in the direction of Constantinople.

Russia essentially lost in the Ukraine with granting of the Tomos.

“What is now happening in Orthodoxy, it is, as people say, just can’t understand. This is also done on the eve of the election campaign and for the subsequent breakup of the Russian and Ukrainian people”, – said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine Thomas is a serious blow to the idea of “Russian world”, which is trying to implement Putin. And the Kremlin is well aware. With the restoration of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow will not be able to actively appeal to the fraternal relations, the common roots and beliefs.

The withdrawal of Ukrainian territory from their Orthodoxy is the loss of another argument and the evidence on which they would his chauvinistic Imperial concept that “no Ukraine does not exist”
– said political expert Alexander Solontay.

In December 2018, the SBU found in several parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine about a hundred pamphlets that incited religious and sectarian strife. In its hybrid war against the West and Ukraine in particular, Russia uses the Church as a propaganda tool – they say Russian experts.

It was a powerful intelligence network with which the Kremlin’s influence on Ukraine,
– said Russian politician Konstantin Borovoy.

So the Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine has repeatedly visited the Russian Embassy in Kiev. There Nikolai Danilevich met with the first Secretary of the Russian Embassy Maxim Poletaev, associated with the Russian intelligence services. Russian diplomats are frequent guests in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. And obviously they go there not only to pray.

Of course, Tomos does not guarantee the reduction of Russian propaganda in Ukraine, but it certainly limits the ability of the Kremlin’s ideological machine – says former adviser to Putin.

The Kremlin is very sensitive about these processes. Perhaps, with the fact that over the past four years made Ukraine, nothing has proved so efficient for ensuring state independence of Ukraine and for the destruction of the Imperial positions of the Russian Orthodox Church
– says former adviser to Putin Andrei Illarionov.

The granting of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church strikes not only at the ideological machine of the Kremlin. In Russia are afraid to lose a considerable assets of ROC and convince us that after receiving Thomas Ukrainian Orthodox will be forced to take property of the Moscow Patriarchate.

“My biggest concern is that this will be a redistribution of property”, – told about their fears, Russian President Vladimir Putin. In Ukraine understand the price of such words of Putin.

No raiding will not. It wants Moscow to be raiding, and thus create grounds for interfering in the internal Affairs of Ukraine,
– said Patriarch Filaret.

The Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine is really a lot of property. More than fifty dioceses, 11 parishes and 19 schools. But nobody is forcing believers to go to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the property does not take. Joining Autocephalous Church is possible only if it is approved by two-thirds of the parishioners.

At the end of 2018, this decision was approved by 34 the Orthodox community. According to experts, a single Ukrainian Church is ready to join up to half of the parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

What is Tomos?
Tomos is a unique Church document. Release it when the Church wants to provide the actual independence – autocephaly. Occasionally Tomos publish on issues relating to the provisions of the Christian faith, most often it concerns Church order.

How to create a Unified local Church in Ukraine?
9 October in Istanbul began a three-day meeting of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. On October 10 the meeting of the clergy heard the report of the envoys of Patriarch Bartholomew (exarchs), who almost spent a month in Ukraine. In particular, the clergy went on the Ukrainian churches, talked with priests. Is based on the results of their report, the Ukraine and adopted a resolution on the creation of a Single Local Church.
December 15, during the Unifying Council of Orthodox bishops announced the unification of the Ukrainian churches in a local independent Church. Its official name sounds like – a Ukrainian national Autocephalous Orthodox Church. A Primate of a Unified local Orthodox Church became the Metropolitan of Pereiaslav and Belotserkovsky Epiphanius. His candidacy was supported by the majority of bishops at the unity Cathedral in Kiev. Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine will be the Michael’s Cathedral and not Sophia as previously reported.


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