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New Russian Information Warfare Tool: Religious Warfare


Patriarch Bartholomew / peoples.ru

Russia has apparently approved, at the Presidential level, using religion as a divisive tool against Ukraine. 

Russia has already elevated the Russian Orthodox Church to almost unholy levels already. Is the Russian Orthodox Church serving God or Putin? and The Russian Orthodox Church Expanding Propaganda?

Now Russia has apparently approved the use of Russian special services to break apart efforts at an independent Ukraine Orthodox Church and use this to further destabilize Ukraine. 

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Russian intelligence plotting provocations to hinder creation of independent Church in Ukraine – media

18:30, 12 June 2018 UKRAINE

Provoked conflicts between parishioners (supporters and opponents of the independent church) are expected to be exploited in full to destabilize the socio-political situation in Ukraine in autumn and winter this year.

A decision was reportedly made by the presidential administration in Russia to intensify preparations for further destructive actions at the stage of the very founding of the Ukrainian independent Orthodox Church, according to a chief of Information Resistance OSINT community, MP Dmytro Tymchuk.

The moves come amid reports on real prospects for Ukraine to be granted a permission [a “tomos”] from the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, Censor.net reports.

“Using the capabilities of the Russian special services (FSB security service and SVR intelligence agency) as well as the fifth column in Ukraine, they plan to give boost to centrifugal forces, as well as generate and heat up internal conflict situations along the way, including in civil society,” Tymchuk wrote on Facebook.

At the same time, provoked conflicts between parishioners (supporters and opponents of the independent church in Ukraine) are also expected to be exploited in full to destabilize the socio-political situation in Ukraine in autumn and winter this year.

In turn, pro-Russian forces in Ukraine will use the row to create a corresponding negative background of “religious confrontation” in Ukraine, according to the MP.

In addition, according to Tymchuk, at this stage, the SVR will pursue with its efforts aimed at undermining the authority and influence on the international Christian Orthodox community of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with a further strategic line of forming around the Russian Orthodox Church of a new (alternative) center of influence in the Christian Orthodox world.

Source: https://www.unian.info/society/10150184-russian-intelligence-plotting-provocations-to-hinder-creation-of-independent-church-in-ukraine-media.html

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2 thoughts on “New Russian Information Warfare Tool: Religious Warfare

    1. Joel,

      C’mon man! Without the Communist ideology, the Kremlin needed something to unify the brethren (willing or not) within the former Soviet republics. You didn’t see this usage of the Orthodox Church coming? Of course you did. You saw it years ago, but like every Paul Revere that attempted to warn the US that the Kremlin is coming, you were ignored.
      Well, thank you for still beating the drum.

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