Moscow, June 17, 2022
Although the European union has stopped short of such an act, the British government has placed His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on its list of sanctioned persons.
The head of the Synodal department of Church interrelations with media and society and temporary head of the Patriarchal press service Vladimir Legoida commented on this move in his Telegram channel:
“I have repeatedly had to write about possible sanctions against Patriarch Kirill, and now they have been introduced by one of the European countries.
I will start by saying that attempts to intimidate the Primate of the Russian Church with something or to force him to abandon his views are senseless, absurd and futile. The Patriarch’s family went through years of godless persecution, he himself grew up and was formed under conditions of enormous pressure on people of faith, which he always honorably withstood.
Furthermore, the Church, especially now, is the last bridge [presumably between Russia and Ukraine], a means of communication, which they are trying to destroy for some reason. This could only be needed by those political forces that have made the escalation of the conflict and the putting off of peace treaties their high priority.
Otherwise, I cannot explain in any way such absurd and counterproductive measures, which contribute to only one thing—rupture of the already severely damaged communication of the European community with Russia.”