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Russian Church spokesman falsely compares Ukrainian Church to Nazis

By Polygraph Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) Bishop of Russian Orthodox Church and Head of the Department of External Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church “The Ukrainian authorities want to completely seize the Ukrainian Church, to outlaw it, and for this purpose various kinds of bills are being created. For example, there is such a bill that says the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should be renamed ‘the Russian Church in Ukraine’.” Source: RIA

Propaganda war against Ukraine’s aspirations to gain Tomos on autocephaly

By Oleksandr Sagan , theologist, for Among the external factors opposing the receipt by the Orthodox Ukrainians of Tomos from the Patriarch of Constantinople, it’s the Russian factor that dominates above others. It consists of religious and secular components (the division into which, however, is conditional in present-day Russia).In the international arena, Moscow continues to oppose the recognition of Ukrainian autocephaly, actively involving not only the clerics of the

Fake: Crimea Hosts International Ukrainian Diaspora Congress

Russian and Crimean media reported last week that an international congress of Ukrainian diaspora organizations was held on the Russian occupied Crimea peninsula. The congress declared that it wanted to collaborate with what they called “constructive segments of Ukraine’s population”. Organizers claimed representatives from several European countries attended the gathering, including from the Ukrainian mainland, but these were not named for security reasons, RIA Novosti reported. Real Ukrainian diaspora organizations

Fake: No Military Pressure on Crimeans to Support Russian Annexation

With the Catalonian independence referendum remaining in the headlines some in the media have taken to comparing Catalonia to Crimea, a part of Ukraine that Russia illegally annexed in 2014. Bloomberg View columnist Leonid Bershidsky in an opinion piece entitled Why Catalonia Will Fail Where Crimea Succeeded claims that the Crimean referendum on secession did not take place at gunpoint. Bershidsky writes that “Neither the “little green men” nor uniformed

The Daily Vertical: True Extremism (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, for RFE/RL It could happen if you say true things. Like that Russia’s forceful annexation of Crimea was a violation of international law. Or that the conflict in Donbas is not a civil war, but a war of aggression carried out by Russia against Ukraine. Or that Moscow should decentralize more power to its regions and give ethnic groups like the Tatars greater autonomy. Or that Russian

Moscow’s strategy to carve up Europe

By Janusz Bugajski, for CEPA Moscow’s strategy toward Europe is reminiscent of carving a hunted game. It exploits and exacerbates the vulnerabilities of targeted states, and widens any lingering disputes between them. The Kremlin has targeted at least four portions of the continent: Anglo-Saxon Europe, Western Europe, Central Europe and the Orthodox Balkans—with the remainder of Europe’s east to be directly devoured by Russia. A primary focus of subversion dating back

Kremlin narratives on Crimea resurface in German election debate

This article is part of ECFR’s Wider Europe Forum By Andreas Umland, for European Council of Foreign Relations For the future of Ukraine, what Germany thinks and does really matters. Last month, the German election campaign saw an unexpected statement by the leader of Germany’s liberals, Christian Lindner. The chair of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) – a centre-right force hitherto known for its hawkish stance in support of international law

The Daily Vertical: Federalize This! (Transcript)

By Brian Whitmore, RFE\RL Russia’s official name is now officially a fiction. The Russian Federation has now completely ceased to be anything remotely resembling a federation. When an agreement allowing Tatarstan limited autonomy, including control over its resources and budget and special status for the Tatar language, expired this week, it marked the final death of any pretense of federalism in Russia. When Vladimir Putin came to power 17 years

The Desperation of Stephen Cohen

Jim Kovpak Russia’s foreign language propaganda outlets have long had a problem getting real experts to go to bat for the Kremlin. Most times they rely on some blogger or “independent journalist” and  call them “political analysts.” As such, Stephen Cohen, a Putin apologist with an actual academic pedigree, is often lauded by pro-Russian media as a “real” expert on Russia. What they forget is that a PhD is not

Leonid Ragozin, Codastory: Brothers in Arms

Why Russian ultranationalists confronted their own government on the battlefields of Ukraine Text by Leonid Ragozin, illustrations by Aleksandra Krasutskaya, for CodaStory On a snowy January day in 2016, a small crowd assembled in central Kiev to honor the fight against the far right. The gathering of diehard anti-fascists was commemorating the 2009 murder of the Russian lawyer Stanislav Markelov, who’d defended activists and victims of the Russian military, and the

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