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  • Opinion: Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence is a mistake

    01/11/2019 7:23:56 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 14 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | January 11, 2019 | Miodrag Soric
    The leader of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew I, has granted adherents of the Orthodox faith in Ukraine autocephaly, or in other words, independence from Russia. Bartholomew did this on his own authority, against the advice of other bishops, thereby violating canon law and contradicting decisions on Ukraine he himself made just a few years ago. The reactions could hardly have been worse: Other patriarchs refuse to follow suit. Even members of the Greek-Orthodox Holy Synod have voiced their disapproval. Orthodox Church leaders in Poland or the Czech Republic also oppose the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople. The 2,000 monks (abbots...
  • Were Events Surrounding Flynn’s Moscow Visit Intentionally Misframed?

    01/04/2019 1:54:20 PM PST · by naeim.darzi · 10 replies
    The EpochTimes ^ | Jeff Carlson
    Gen. Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, was interviewed on Jan. 24, 2017, by FBI agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka about two December 2016 conversations that Flynn had with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Details of the phone conversation had leaked to the media. Flynn ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI regarding his conversations with Kislyak. It remains unknown to this day who leaked Flynn’s classified call—a far more serious felony violation.
  • Ex-NATO commander: Allies wondering if Trump was blackmailed to pull troops out of Syria

    12/24/2018 5:48:48 PM PST · by McGruff · 90 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 24, 2018 | Daniel Chaitin
    A former commander of NATO said allies of the U.S. are asking whether President Trump was blackmailed by Turkey to pull U.S. military forces out of Syria. In a CNN segment Monday, Wesley Clark, a retired Army general and former Democratic presidential candidate, said there was no apparent strategic logic for the move that critics view as an abdication to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "You have to ask why was the decision made?" Clarke said on Christmas Eve. "People around the world are asking this and some of our friends and allies in the Middle East are asking, did...
  • Bartholomew To Grant Autocephaly Tomos To Kyiv On January 6, Says Church Spokesman

    12/13/2018 8:26:55 AM PST · by tlozo · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | December 13, 2018 | Radio Liberty
    The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will hand over a Tomos -- a decree granting independence, or autocephaly -- to the future head of the local Orthodox Church in Ukraine on January 6, Archbishop Yevstratiy, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate said on December 13. Senior figures from Orthodox Christian communities in Ukraine will meet on December 15 in a bid to form a new, unified, independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church and elect a leader, known as a Primate. The December 15 "unity gathering" will be held at St. Sophia's Cathedral in Kyiv and will be...
  • Russian Minister Says 'Amoral' To Investigate Veracity of Soviet Wartime Legend

    12/03/2018 12:11:29 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Dec 3, 2018 | Matthew Luxmoore
    "Even if this story were made up from start to finish, even if there had been no Panfilov, even if there had been nothing at all,"... "this is a sacred legend, which simply cannot be touched. And those who do so are washed-up scumbags." Russia's culture minister has revealed historical records that he claims prove the authenticity of a World War II legend largely debunked by historians, delivering the latest salvo in a long-running dispute that challenges the official narrative of the Soviet Union's war experience. Commonly referred to as "Panfilov's 28 men," the legend is among the most controversial...
  • Another Nothingburger: So What if Trump Wanted to Build a Tower in Moscow?

    12/03/2018 8:39:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2018 | By Brian C. Joondeph
    Media madness surrounds us. Like a three-ring circus, Big Media has three main themes. The middle ring is Trump Derangement Syndrome. Everything and anything Trump does or says is outrageous, uncouth, unpresidential, stupid, racist, xenophobic, and any number of additional adjectives you can conjure up. The two side rings are Russia and climate change. Today, the Trump and Russia rings are intertwined once again – but in a nonsensical way. Russia, a country with a GDP less than a tenth of the U.S.'s, between the GDPs of Texas and New York, has become public enemy number one in the eyes...
  • The Orthodox Schism and the Spiritual Limits of Politics (Russia-Ukraine)

    11/25/2018 4:57:15 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Oct 19, 2018 | Nikos Konstandaras
    Russia’s effort to keep Ukraine under its thumb prompted a revolution in 2014 and a war that has claimed more than 10,000 lives. It also prompted, on Monday, what may be one of the most serious splits in Christendom since the Great Schism between Rome and Constantinople in 1054 and the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. This new crisis has deep historical roots, and could shape religious and secular ties among many countries for years to come. Here’s what happened: The Church of Russia announced this week that it was breaking ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which has...
  • Moscow square named after British double agent Kim Philby

    11/08/2018 3:21:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 8, 2018
    The mayor of Moscow has decreed that a square near the headquarters of Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service be named after Kim Philby, the Briton who was the most successful Soviet double agent of the Cold War period. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed the order on Tuesday. The move comes amid tensions between Russia and Britain over this year’s nerve agent poisoning of Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury. …
  • Trump administration tells Congress that Moscow has triggered new sanctions

    11/07/2018 7:21:36 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | Nov 6, 2018 | Morgan Chalfant
    The Trump administration has informed Congress that Russia has not complied with a series of requirements necessary for Moscow to evade a second round of U.S. sanctions over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain. The development, announced by the State Department and House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, means that a new tranche of sanctions on Russia will be automatically triggered under a 1991 law on the elimination of chemical and biological weapons — likely further deteriorating relations with Russia at a time of high tensions. In a statement, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the department is...
  • Mysterious professor in Papadopoulos docs says he did not discuss Clinton emails

    10/31/2017 7:54:39 AM PDT · by advance_copy · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/31/17 | Christopher Brennan
    [SNIP] Joseph Mifsud, a former Maltese official who co-directs the London Academy of Diplomacy at the University of Stirling, was identified in media reports after details in the documents pointed to his attendance at a conference in Russia last year. He told the Daily Telegraph Tuesday that he is the professor in the documents, but said that the acquaintance in Moscow with government connections who he introduced Papadopoulos to was only an academic. Mifsud also told the paper that he did not know anything about Russian “dirt” on Clinton, and said that he was upset by the “incredible” claims. He...
  • Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 7:12:35 PM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 15 October A.D. 2018 | Department for External Church Reltgh Relaations
    Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Church With profound pain the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has taken the report of the Patriarchate of Constantinople published on October 11, 2018, about the following decisions of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople: confirming the intention ‘to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church; opening a ‘stauropegion’ of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Kiev; ‘restoring in the rank of bishop or priest’ the leaders of the Ukrainian schism and their...
  • Schism: The Russian Orthodox Church severs Eucharistic Communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch

    10/15/2018 12:16:18 PM PDT · by NRx · 28 replies
    OCP Media ^ | 10-15-2018 | various
    Breaking- Minsk- Belarus: A statement published by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church stated that it is impossible for the Russian Church to continue in Eucharistic Communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, reports Patriarchia.ru.
  • Russian Orthodox Church: BREAK Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople [ED]

    10/15/2018 3:01:08 PM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    The Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 15 October A.D. 2018 | Department for External Church Reltgh Relaations
    The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has considered it impossible to remain in the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, at its session on October 15, 2019, in Minsk, adopted a Statement of the Holy Synod concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople upon the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Holy Synod members deemed it impossible to continue to be in the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. It is stated in particular that ‘to admit in communion the schismatics and a person anathematized...
  • Putin Suffers Crimea Blowback with Orthodox Church schism

    10/14/2018 5:49:40 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies
    Financial Times ^ | Oct 14, 2018 | Max Seddon, Roman Olearchyk
    When Russian president Vladimir Putin celebrated the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, he claimed the disputed peninsula was “spiritually” inseparable from Moscow. But Mr Putin’s military intervention is now threatening to undermine the “Russian world” beyond Moscow’s borders that he sought to protect. An arcane canonical dispute has become a geopolitical flashpoint after Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of Orthodox Christianity, said on Thursday that he intended to grant full recognition to a breakaway church in Ukraine that split from the Russian patriarchate in the early 1990s. The Russian church has warned it may...
  • TOP COUNTERINTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL CLAIMS OBAMA STATE DEPARTMENT ‘INDULGED IN SEXUAL FAVORS’ AT..

    09/14/2018 12:59:27 PM PDT · by bitt · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/2018 | Jon Brown
    A former top counterintelligence official has “described his consternation at the recklessness of State Department officials of both sexes during the Obama years who indulged in sexual favors from in-room masseurs during their stays at the Moscow Ritz,” according to a recent story by Politico. The striking statement, made in the extensive article about young Russians who live and work in Washington, D.C., is not expanded upon. The former official is left unnamed. The anecdote was offered to explain that not every Russian attempt to sexually manipulate intelligence targets is directed toward Republicans. The presidential suite of the Ritz-Carlton hotel...
  • Russian Opposition Candidates Beaten, Cars Torched Ahead of (Regional) Elections

    09/07/2018 9:38:56 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Sept 6, 2018
    Members of an opposition party running for office outside Moscow have reportedly been beaten and had their cars torched before regional elections scheduled for Sept. 9. Voters in 22 different regions across Russia, including Moscow, will elect mayors and local legislative assembly deputies on Sunday. Seven regions will also be holding special elections for seats in the State Duma. Parnas opposition party member Sergei Balabayev was beaten by a masked assailant who was allegedly plastering Parnas-branded flyers calling for an election boycott, the party said. “As soon as the deputy entered the vestibule, he was immediately kicked and punched in...
  • Russia is preparing to search for a nuclear-powered missile that was lost at sea

    08/21/2018 12:54:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 29 replies
    CNBC ^ | Aug. 21, 2018 | Amanda Macias
    Moscow is preparing to recover a nuclear-powered missile lost at sea, according to sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report. Russian President Vladimir Putin bragged earlier this year that the new missile had unlimited range. The missile was tested four times between November and February, each resulting in a crash, according to sources who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. Crews will attempt to recover a missile that was test launched in November and landed in the Barents Sea, which is located north of Norway and Russia. The operation will include three vessels, one of which...
  • Trump 'open' to visiting Moscow for meeting with Putin

    07/27/2018 1:07:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2018 | Adam Shaw
    President Trump is “open” to visiting Moscow if he receives a formal invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House said Friday. "President Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a reciprocal formal invitation," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Putin said Friday he is ready to invite Trump if conditions are right, and he is also ready to visit Washington. The White House statement came after National Security Adviser John Bolton said earlier this week that a meeting with...
  • Putin Says He's 'Ready To Go To Washington' And Invites Trump To MOSCOW

    07/27/2018 6:48:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 07/27/18 | Geoff Earle
    Russian President Vladimir Putin says has invited President Donald Trump to visit him in Moscow and also said he is ready to go to the White House. Putin told reporters in South Africa that phone calls were not sufficient, and the two men needed to talk about the Iran nuclear deal and other topics. Trump took heat from members of both parties after his July 16 meeting with Putin, where the president said he found Putin's denial of election interference 'powerful.' Trump is to meet with his national security team today to discuss election security, following a report of a...
  • Tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide story

    10/01/2009 7:17:05 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 51 replies · 2,095+ views
    Bone with bullet hole found by Russians in 1946 came from an unknown woman, not the German leader Tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide In countless biographies of Adolf Hitler the story of his final hours is recounted in the traditional version: committing suicide with Eva Braun, he took a cyanide pill and then shot himself on 30 April 1945, as the Russians bombarded Berlin. Some historians expressed doubt that the Führer had shot himself, speculating that accounts of Hitler's death had been embellished to present his suicide in a suitably heroic light. But a fragment...