Managers at Kiev hospitals and polyclinics forced staff to compulsorily attend festive events in the centre of Kiev conducted by Patriarch Bartholomew of Istanbul, an Interfax-Religion correspondent reported. A nurse from one of the polyclinics met with journalists at the Kievo-Pecherskogo Lavra and complained that management had forced all her colleagues to attend the events that Bartholomew presided over, including the wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to St Olga. In this case, everyone was forced to make written statements that they would attend. The same was practised at all other medical establishments in Kiev, the woman said. Asked what the staff’s reaction was, she said, “Negative, of course”, adding, “The weather is excellent proof of that. It was raining when Bartholomew was conducting a service. Now, our Patriarch (Aleksei of Moscow and all the Russias: Interfax) has arrived and the sun is shining brightly!” she said. The woman declined to give her name or the outpatient clinic she works at, saying she feared punishment from the managers. Large posters showing Patriarch Bartholomew, alone or with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, can be seen everywhere in Kiev. Pictures of Patriarch Aleksei are rarely seen.
27 July 2008
Democracy in action! Well… what I say is simple. People came freely to see Patriarch Aleksei, and they had to be coerced and forced to see Bart. God willing, Yushchenko is not long for this world, politically, of course. After seventeen years of huffing and puffing, the pseudo-state of the Ukraine is moribund, lacking in vision, and increasingly poor. The fact that bread coupons are going to be issued this fall shows the utter bankruptcy of it all. People know it. It is time for action. The Ukrainian people do not deserve to suffer like this; they need to be part of the rodina yet again. May that day come soon.