Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists
December 8, 2016
Audio of Russian pranksters Lexus and Vova speaking on behalf of Kiev mayor Vitaly Klichko with “Patriarch Philaret,” head of the “Kievan Patriarchate,” is gaining popularity in social networks, reports Apostrophe.
The pseudo-Kievan mayor asked how to work out an agreement for Philaret to give his blessing for the official opening of Eurovision 2017 to take place in St. Sophia’s Cathedral. The head of the “Kievan Patriarchate” revealed the desire to take several rooms of the St. Michael’s Monastery under his control.
“Building 8 in St. Michael’s Monastery… the Autocephalous Church is located there… we would like to kick them out of there. This St. Michael’s Monastery is our spiritual academy. The Autocephalous Church is using part of the building there, but we would like that they not renew their contract, but give these rooms to us,” said Philaret.
After “Klichko” promised to assist in evicting the Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephalous Church, Philaret agreed to bless all viewers of the official Eurovision 2017 opening from the stage, apparently not bothered that Conchita Wurst will be co-host.
The conversation was conducted in Russian.