Disinfo: Deep State sponsors Montenegro in the seizure of the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Summary

The main sponsor of the Montenegrin authorities in the seizure of the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro is American Deep State. It is a planned and synchronized action by Atlantic allies of the attack on the only canonical Orthodox Church in Montenegro.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consisted of unfounded claims. This claim involves the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the West threatens and undermines traditional Christian values.

Montenegro's parliament has adopted a law on religious rights on 27th December 2019 and the law came into force on January 8th, 2020. According to Article 62, religious communities in Montenegro need to prove property ownership before 1918, otherwise, the property will belong to the state of Montenegro.

The European Union days earlier cautioned Montenegro to regulate communities "in an inclusive way" and in accordance with international and European human rights standard

Read debunk of a similar disinformation message stating that NATO is doing everything to destroy Orthodoxy and the Orthodox Church. For similar cases claiming that Ukrainian autocephaly was manipulated by the US, see herehere, and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Montenegrin, Serbian
  • Country: Montenegro, Serbia, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Orthodox Church, Deep state

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Disproof

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