Kiev, September 24, 2018
The infamous and scandalous website Mirotvorets (“Peacemaker”) has added His Eminence Metropolitan Paul of Vyshogorod and Chernobyl into its “Chistilische” (“limbo” or “purgatory”) database of enemies of and threats to Ukraine, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists.
The bishop is called an “enemy of the independence of Ukrainian Orthodoxy out from under the control of Russia (an aggressor country) by the Russian Orthodox Church.”
The website has the backing of the Ukrainian government, being curated by the Security Service of Ukraine.
Met. Paul’s inclusion in the database comes just days after the Lavra released a video in which its abbot raised concerns about violent provocations planned against the monastery in the coming months and urged all the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to strengthen their prayers for their holy Orthodox shrines.
The abbot also emphasized the peacekeeping role of the Kiev Caves Lavra, noting that the clergy of the Lavra do not engage in politics and do not incite people to rise up against one another, but rather pray “for their God-protected country of Ukraine, and its authorities and armed forces.”
The so-called “Peacemaker” website has been working overtime lately. In June, His Eminence Metropolitan Luke of Zaporozhye was also added to the site’s database, being accused of “manipulating socially significant information,” “inciting inter-confessional and inter-ethnic discord,” and also being dubbed an “enemy of the independence of Ukrainian Orthodoxy out from under the control of Russia (an aggressor country) by the Russian Orthodox Church.”
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia was added to the database in late May after he asserted that all those who help the Ukrainian schismatics are enemies of all Slavic peoples and all Orthodox Christians.
Even Roger Waters, the legendary bassist for Pink Floyd, is considered a threat to Ukrainian national security. He was added by Mirotvorets last month for “propaganda against Ukraine, attempts to infringe on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and participation in attempts to legalize Russia’s annexation of Crimea.”
They’ve even dubbed Eurovision singer Yulia Samoylova and actor Steven Seagal as threats to Ukrainian national security.
While the site declares the Mirotvorets Center to be an independent NGO, it in fact has several links to the Ukrainian government. The site was launched in December 2014 by politician and activist George Tuka, as he announced on his Facebook page. Tuka served as the governor of the Luganks Oblast from 2015-2016, and has served as Deputy Minister for the Ukrainian Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs since April 2016.
The Mirotvorets Center is led by Roman Zaitsev, a former employee of the Lugansk branch of the Security Service of Ukraine.
Further, the site is curated by the Security Service of Ukraine and promoted by Anton Gerashchenko, an MP and aide to the Interior Minister, according to the International Business Times.
In May 2016, the site published the phone numbers, email addresses, and addresses of 4,508 journalists and media members from around the world who had worked in Donbass, and therefore, as Mirotvorets claims, “cooperated with terorrists.” Although the information was obtained by hacking into the databases of the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Security Service of Ukraine declared the site had violated no laws.
Mirotvorets has been highly praised by hierarchs of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate,” including by “Patriarch” Philaret Denisenko himself, who bestowed a medal “For the sacrifice and love for Ukraine” upon the team behind the site.
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