Disinfo: CIA behind the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church


The autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a special operation of the CIA, which also supports Islamists in Afghanistan and political terror in Latin America (Regnum, Sputnik)


CIA helped Ukrainian Church split from Russian Orthodox Church (Vesti)


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about CIA and narrative about Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

For an example of a similar disinformation message in German and further debunking see here.


  • Reported in: Issue 130
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: autocephaly, Orthodox Church, Secret services, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Regnum, Sputnik, Vesti @Rossiya 1 (42.10 - 42.30)
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False statement.

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