Disinfo: The US forced the Greek church to recognise Ukrainian autocephaly


The Greek Church decided to recognise the right of the Istanbul Patriarch Bartholomew to grant autocephaly to the schismatic Orthodox Church of Ukraine after pressure from the [US] Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


conspiracy theory presented without any supporting evidence. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The process of recognition was initiated by the Orthodox Church of Greece on 8 January 2019, when the Permanent Synod of the Church of Greece decided that the issue of recognition would be dealt by the Synod of the Hierarchy of the Church of Greece.

In February, the Synod of the Church decided to appoint two commissions to study the issue. In August, the commissions presented a report and recommended to recognise the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

On 12 October, the primate of the church Ieronymos II of Athens and other hierarchs supported the conclusions and voted for the recognition, stating that “the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has the right to granting autocephaly”.


  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Greece, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukraine, autocephaly, Orthodox Church
  • Outlet: Vesti Nedeli @ Rossiya 1 time 53:45-53:56
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