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Compilation – Evil Incarnate: Russian hackers target Orthodox clergy


Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

I am humbled that my headline was chosen for this compilation. I wanted a short title with oomph.  

“Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” 
― Dorothy ParkerWhile Rome Burns

Please allow me to draw attention to our anonymous expert’s statement:

Given that the Orthodox Church is being treated with an equal lack of respect to the Catholic Church, perhaps it is time for Russia’s ostensibly religious regime to be excommunicated from all churches.

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What the GRU has done in the Orthodox world is unforgivable and in principle no different to hacking the Vatican. It is consistent with the organization’s past contempt for global norms on interaction between nation states and churches – the GRU orchestrated the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in 1981.

Given that the Orthodox Church is being treated with an equal lack of respect to the Catholic Church, perhaps it is time for Russia’s ostensibly religious regime to be excommunicated from all churches.


Ungodly espionage: Russian hackers targeted Orthodox clergy

LONDON (AP) — The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christian figures, The Associated Press has found, illustrating the high stakes as Kiev and Moscow wrestle over the religious future of Ukraine. The targets included top aides to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who often is described as the first among equals of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christian leaders. The Istanbul-based patriarch is currently mulling whether to accept a Ukrainian bid to tear that country’s church from its association with Russia, a potential split fueled by the armed conflict between Ukrainian military forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Evil Incarnate: Russian hackers target Orthodox clergy – To Inform is to Influence

After reading this story, I can draw four conclusions, none factual. Russian hackers known as Fancy Bear are going to hell for crimes against the church. Eternity spent writhing in the fires of hell seems appropriate, yes. Russian leadership and the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church are really Satan incarnate and his legions for attacking the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Eastern Orthodox leadership in this way. Using the church as a weapon is something only Satan himself could do. We already knew this: Putin is under Satan’s influence: leader of Kiev Orthodox Church The Russian leadership and the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church are obsessing about losing control of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Patriarch Kiril and Vladimir Putin seem to have a fetish, a deviant one, about retaining control over Ukraine through the Ukraine Orthodox Church. There is a bromance between Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev aka Patriarch Kiril, bordering on man-love. The expression “in bed together”, in this case, may be more than just a saying. Russian authorities and the Russian Orthodox Church, of course, deny any knowledge or culpability in the hacking attempts against the Eastern Orthodox Patriarch, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Russian authorities can add that to a long list of other victims of hacking attacks by Fancy Bear that Russia denies. Satan, at least, had the guts to admit to his evil deeds. </end editorial>

Report: Russian hackers targeted Orthodox clergy | TheHill

The Russian hackers indicted in July by special counsel Robert Mueller for infiltrating Democratic National Committee (DNC) email servers also spent years trying to steal information from Orthodox Christian leaders,

Sacrilegious spies: Russians tried hacking Orthodox clergy

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Unholy hackers: Orthodox clergy targeted by Russian spies – ABC News

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Russian hackers who attacked Democrats also targeted clergy – The Boston Globe

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