: " Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) and Russian Orthodox Crime (ROC)

: 28-08-2001 // // URL: http://maidan.org.ua/static/mai/998994802.html
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Earlier we read that much of the KGB turned into the Russian Mafia during the last decade. Then Vasili Mitrokhin revealed that many church officials in the Russian Orthodox Church, from Metropolitan Aleksi II (code name DROZDOV) down, were KGB agents, and gave us their code names in his book, the "Mitrokhin Archives." Now we can read about the ties between the ROC and ROC and their "serious destructive potential regarding the national development and state building process in Ukraine."


The article dwells on the role and place of the Russian Orthodox Church in the system of the Ukrainian-Russian relations during the entire period of Ukraines independence (1990s), with special emphasis on the recent developments.

In view of the trends and objectives of its participation in political, cultural, economic ties between the two countries, one should acknowledge that the Russian Orthodox Church has a serious destructive potential regarding the national development and state building process in Ukraine.

Non-state factors have never played a secondary role in the Russian-Ukrainian relations. The reason is the fact that an essential part of the post-Soviet Ukrainian elite is oriented at the Russian socio-cultural standards and institutions, and the church occupies a major place among the latter.

In spite of the fact that the participation of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in political processes in the post-Soviet area is followed (in various forms) by many researchers, the problem is so multifaceted that it can hardly be fully covered even in a special volumetric study.

This especially applies to the situation that has developed in the Russian-Ukrainian relations (in the context of the Orthodox Church involvement into this relationship).

As to some of its features, this situation is unique and unprecedented. This fact stipulates for the need to identify the largest possible number of contextual ties determining specificity of the Ukrainian variant of political subjectization of ROC.

The ROCs role in the development of the Russian-Ukrainian relations is essential due, first of all, to the fact that it is the only really common institution that has survived the USSR disintegration.

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Having retained its structures in Ukraine, ROC uses them to carry out large-scale economic activities. Sale of church plate manufactured in Russia that irritates Ukrainian ultra-patriots is, in fact, an insignificant part of the business conducted by the Moscow Patriarchy in Ukraine.

According to Mykola Mytrokhin, who made a specific investigation into this issue [2], ROC in CIS states has turned into a huge exterritorial offshore company with its own independent financial and production activities and potential for servicing shadow capitals. Already now, in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the law enforcement agencies, while concluding official contracts on cooperation with ROC, have grounds to think that it has become the largest network of shadow operations with gold, and cooperates economically with criminal gangs.

In Ukraine, UOCMP concluded such contract with the State Committee for Frontier Protection; however, the media has repeatedly disclosed the facts pertaining to the church structures attempts to smuggle gold and hard currency.

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