Disinfo: The US stands behind the pressure upon the Serbian church of Montenegro


The chaos in the inter-church relations in Montenegro benefits both the Patriarch of Constantinople and Washington. In late December 2019, Podgorica adopted officially a law on secularisation of church property. Churches built before 1918 are declared state property. That is the bulk of the churches of Montenegro. The US and the Patriarch of Constantinople is interest in the realisation of this law. The Americans are putting pressure upon the Serbian patriarchate, demanding that it denounces the support of the Moscow Patriarchy and recognise the so-called Orthodox Church of Ukraine, established in 2018.




Conspiracy theory; no evidence given. This claim involves the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that the West threatens and undermines traditional Christian values. Related cases where the US is accused of attacking traditional values in Europe via "sects" can be found herehere, and here.


  • Reported in: Issue184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Montenegro, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Orthodox Church


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