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Patriarch Kirill’s game over Ukraine
Patriarch Kirill’s game over Ukraine

Author(s): Katarzyna Jarzyńska
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy, Developing nations, Eastern Orthodoxy, Geopolitics, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: OSW Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: Patriarch Kirill; Ukraine; Maidan; Russia; war; conflict
Summary/Abstract: The protests on Kyiv’s Maidan which commenced in November 2013, followed by the conflict in Ukraine’s eastern regions, have redefined the political and social relations between Russia and Ukraine, and have added complexity to the dependences between the Orthodox Churches operating in the two countries. The Kremlin’s policy has put the Russian Orthodox Church–Moscow Patriarchate (ROC) in an awkward position. The ROC is Russia’s largest religious organisation, which also exercises symbolic sovereignty over Ukraine’s most numerous Orthodox community, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church–Moscow Patriarchate (UOC–MP), which since 13 August has had a new leader, Metropolitan Onufry.

  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English