Disinfo: The Orthodox Church of Ukraine is a Russophobic US project

Summary

The “OCU” [The Orthodox Church of Ukraine] project initiated by the US is aimed not so much at a religious split in Ukraine, as at the artificial creation of a Ukrainian political nation that hates Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western interference in the affairs of the Orthodox Church and that the West is anti-Russian and Russophobic. These claims also attempt to de-legitimise the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine is an independent, autocephalous church. The Tomos of autocephaly was granted by the Constantinople Patriarchy in January 2019, when all members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed off on it. The signing of the Tomos happened after months of careful preparations and considerations by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod.

“Russophobia” is a manipulative defensive line, often used by Russian disinformation actors to reduce any criticism of the Russian state to an irrational intolerance towards the Russian people. Outlets such as RT, Sputnik and Russian national state television use the term to explain away almost any foreign criticism of the Kremlin's policies.

Read similar disinformation cases claiming that Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania and NATO is closing in on Russia's border, that the US and EU countries are Russophobic, that anti-Russian position helped NATO countries freeze a drift in different directions, that Russian threat is an invention, Poland wages an information war against Russia, Poland, the Baltic States and Ukraine are infected by Russophobia, and Anti-Russian hysteria gave birth to demons such as fascism and Banderism.

See also EUvsDisinfo's analysis "The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings" here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Orthodox Church, Russophobia
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Disproof

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Disproof

A conspiracy theory presented without evidence. It is consistent with the pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader is designed to help the West attack Russia. The claim suggests a trend of opposition leaders being “nominated” by outside forces. Yuliya Navalnaya has participated in her husband’s political movement for several years.

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Bellingcat is a western weapon against Russia 

There is an organisation called Bellingcat, funded by Western governments, and according to the Kremlin, that organisation is a unit of US and British intelligence used to legitimise its media operations against Russia.

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Regardless of the content of the Bellingcat investigations … it is the duty of any Russian citizen to see at least the interests of the US and the West behind the activities of “Bellingcat”, and that it is a weapon in the hands of the West.

Disproof

This is part of a recurrent Russian effort to discredit the highly respected investigative site Bellingcat, which uncovered many elements in cases such as the downing of the MH17 flight or the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and recently the case of Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny that contradict and expose Russian disinformation narratives.

Bellingcat, an independent international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists, was created in 2014 with the help of private donations received through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.