Disinfo: Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe breaks ties with Constantinople


Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe breaks ties with Constantinople. The Ecumenical Patriarchate Constantinople [has] de facto turned into a tool of supporters of the New World Order. The destructive position of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in such regions as Ukraine and the Balkans are a visible example of this.


Conspiracy theory, presented without any evidence. The concept of the New World Order, Shadow Rulers, Deep State and a Global Elite, ruling from behind the curtains is a frequent narrative, used by pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets. This narrative is also consistent with a narrative about "The West" challenging traditional values through attacking believes. Similar cases, where traditional values in Europe are attacked through sowing religious conflict can be found herehere and here.

The supporters of the idea of subordinating the Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe to Moscow failed to achieve the necessary 2/3 majority. The claim that the "Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe breaks ties with Constantinople" is, therefore, not true.



  • Reported in: Issue 164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: , , English
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: West, Orthodox Church, New World Order, Conspiracy, Europe
  • Outlet: South Front


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The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is a tool for the neoliberal globalists

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No evidence given. Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to instigate revolutions in EU neighbourhood.

This message is also consistent with a narrative about the West challenging traditional values. Similar cases, where traditional values in Europe are attacked through "sects" can be found herehere and here.

Finland opposed anti-Russian sanctions

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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that that the EU Member States want to end sanctions against Russia. Russian media presents out of context a quote from President Niinistö, who spoke at the YES forum after the president of Ukraine. In his speech, Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on European partners to maintain sanctions until Russia ceases aggression against Ukraine.

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