Our guest columnist this week, Yuri Palokiwsky, has eloquently described the Ukrainian perspective on Ukraine’s move to gain more religious autonomy. Moscow has a different perspective. For the nonreligious among us, this may be a confusing topic, but the bottom line is that the activities of the Russian branch of the Orthodox church in Ukraine have become a threat to Ukraine’s national security. Not wanting to lose this lever of power over parts of the Ukrainian population has Mr Putin and his friends in something of a tizzy.
In an interview on Sunday, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion, said that if this goes ahead Moscow will sever ties with Constantinople, calling the move “sneaky and treacherous”. So, let’s just say they’re not taking it well.
Now, this might be just a coincidence (spoiler, it’s not), but about two weeks back, the Associated Press revealed that a Russian hacking group called Fancy Bear had also been found to have hacked the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Where have we heard the name Fancy Bear before? Oh, yes, they played interference at Moscow’s behest in the 2016 US Presidential election too. They’re a part of Russian military intelligence for anyone who doesn’t know.
Some good news, some bad. Let’s start with the good news. In the latest annual Ease of Doing Business Ranking from the World Bank, Ukraine has moved up five spots and now sits at number 71 out of 190 countries analysed. A five-spot advance doesn’t sound like much, but, for context, at least Ukraine is […]
Ukraine can legitimately sing We are the Champions following Oleksandr Usyk’s fight on 10 November at Manchester Arena. Brit Tony Bellow worked Usyk hard, going into the eight round, but it was Usyk’s brutal left hook that sent him flying to the mat, unable to get back up. With the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO cruiserweight […]
Even at the age of 27, Ukraine can hardly be called a “nation of startups”, as neither the president nor the Ministry of Economic Trade and Development have made this a priority. Regardless, we will reject this pessimism, as real steps are being taken in this direction. In fact, a stratum of IT specialists is […]
Russia, according to Russia, is not party to the war in eastern Ukraine. However, Russian Foreign Ministry spokespeople don’t mind, apparently, speaking on behalf of the “L” and “D” “People’s Republics” (the unrecognised and illegal entities created by Russia to run their operations in eastern Ukraine, also denied by Russia, of course.) In recent weeks, […]