Voices from Russia

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Diomid is attempting to provoke a Schism in the MP

Bishop Diomid Dzyuban of Anadyr and Chukotka (1961- ), deposed by the MP Archpastoral Council

Yesterday, Bishop Diomid of Anadyr and Chukotka directed a scandalous missive to the clergy of the MP denouncing its leading hierarchs. Diomid placed Patriarch Aleksei of Moscow and all the Russias under an “anathema” along with two metropolitans, Kirill of Smolensk and Philaret of Minsk. Diomid accused them of opposing the restoration of an autocratic monarchy in Russia. He emphasised that he shall no longer associate with the bishops who condemned him at the Archpastoral Council and he called the MP a “heretical church”. It is good to recall that the late Archpastoral Council issued a document saying “the Church has no preference for one political system over another, such as the one existing at present”. Diomid saw this as an anti-monarchist action, so, he sent out his protest on the anniversary of the shooting of the imperial family.

In turn, the MP called the statement of Diomid “nonsense”, and asked the faithful to pray that he would come to his senses. “When God abandons and punishes a man, He deprives him of his reason. This is precisely what happened in this case. I regret that [Bishop Diomid], who began his way in the church as a sincere and believing man, abandoned church unity, a joyous church life, Christian witness, and openness to people of different faiths and persuasions in favour of the adulation of a small set of followers who suggest to him that he is the true spiritual leader of Russia”, Fr Vsevolod Chaplin said in an interview with Rossiskaya Gazeta (The Russian Newspaper). Fr Vsevolod hopes that the Lord shall send a miracle so that Diomid shall come to repentance and amend his ways.

Aleksandr Dugin, a political scientist and member of the Presidium of the World Russian People’s Congress, noted that the statement of Diomid was nothing but a repetition of the schism that occurred in the 1920s in Russia (Mr Dugin is referring to the heresy of Renovationism: editor’s note). He said that the statement of the rebellious bishop is disastrous for modern Russia, but, he emphasised that no schism was going to arise as a result. However, he feels that the ensuing scandal shall strengthen the traditionalist wing of the hierarchy. “I am certain that outside forces interested in weakening the church were behind all of this, Mr Dugin concluded.

18 July 2008

Tamara Miodushevskaya

Argumenti i Fakti (Arguments and the Facts)

Quoted in InterfaxReligion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=print&div=8731

Editor’s Note:

Since Thursday, Diomid has dropped out of sight. He has gone north, to the part of Russia that is closest to Alaska. Is he planning to skip to the US to avoid facing the music of the MP Holy Synod? If he stays in Russia, the OMON would track him down and deliver him to Aleksei. If he does skip to the States, that is all we truly need at present. Another loony voice on the right-wing, to go along with Panteleimon, the HOCNA bunch, the varied GOCs, and the “true ROCOR” (specify which one of several). However, he is not going to harm the Church substantially. He SHALL make a great deal of noise, though… why do I have the impression that I have heard it all before?

BMD

Foreign Ministry Demands the Return of Videocassettes Seized by Ukrainian Customs Officers from Russian Journalist

The instigator of this is going to end in a place such as this… in the middle of NOWHERE. He shall have MUCH time to ponder his action.

The incident involving Ukrainian customs officers who seized five videocassettes with news footage from a Russian journalist of TVTs (TV Central) has stirred comment in Moscow. “Actually, in fact, a rather scandalous incident has occurred”, a report issued by the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The statement notes that the actions taken by Ukrainian customs officials are in contravention of the 1998 Russo-Ukrainian agreement on collaboration in news-gathering. “The Russian side demands the immediate return of the seized materials to their owner, and also demands an explanation of the reasoning behind such an antagonistic action being taken against a Russian journalist”, the document went on to say. The Russian Embassy in Kiev delivered the note to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated to Interfax that TVTs reporter Artyom Shirokov had not registered with the Department of Foreign Policy, so, therefore, “he engaged in journalistic activities illegally” on Ukrainian territory.

18 July 2008

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=25552

Editor’s Note:

Now I KNOW that Yushchenko did NOT order this. He is not THAT stupid. Much less has been made a casus belli in the past. However… there is going to be a VERY sad Ukrainian customs official who is going to regret having started this mess. He shall have much time to ponder his error as he counts pigs and deals with disgruntled truckers at the border station of Svinogorodok (a fabricated name, but, fitting).

BMD

Ukrainian Customs Officers Seize Videocassettes Containing Material on Ukrainian Schismatics from Russian TV Crew

Filed under: mass media,politics,Russian,the Ukraine,Viktor Yushchenko — 01varvara @ 00.00

Ukrainian customs officers at Borispol Airport in Kiev seized several videocassettes with material on Ukrainian schismatics from the correspondent of the programme Postriptum (Postscript) aired on the TVTs (TV Central) channel. “Our correspondent filmed material on a possible church schism in the Ukraine, but, on Thursday evening at 19.00 at Borispol Airport, customs officers seized the three or four videocassettes we used for the filming”, Aleksei Pushkov, the chief of programming at TVTs, reported to Interfax on Friday. “I assume that customs was waiting for my film crew to arrive, they were apparently tipped off by higher authority, for the inspection took place not in the general public area, but, they immediately took our crew into a private area for a search”, Mr Pushkov added. He also said that the customs officers stated that the content recorded on the videocassettes was the reason for the seizure. “Our correspondent asked them to give him a formal signed statement covering the seizure, but, customs refused to do so. Instead, they offered to give him a formal statement saying that the film crew voluntarily submitted to the search”, Mr Pushkov noted. After this, the correspondent rang up the Russian Consulate in Kiev, and the formal statement covering the seizure of the videocassettes was delivered to him some 2 to 2.5 hours later.

“The customs officers offered to ring up their superiors on the telephone on Friday after dinner. I asked our correspondent to remain so that he could talk with them, but, thus far, no call has come from Kiev. I shall be surprised if we get the videocassettes back any time soon. The customs officers noted at the outset that checking on such things can take several days, it could take as long as several months”, Mr Pushkov said. In his opinion, this testifies to the fact that “an information war is beginning with Russia, and it is nothing more than a continuation of the policy that led to Mayor Yuri Luzhkov of Moscow being declared persona non grata in the Ukraine”. In addition, Mr Pushkov added, “it is no secret that our programme has sharply criticised Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, and that our programme is aired on a television channel that belongs to the city government of Moscow”. Given the facts of the case, the Foreign Ministry may issue a formal note of protest. The Ukrainian side has refused to comment to Interfax on the affair.

18 July 2008

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=25547

Editor’s Note:

The English translator at Interfax dropped the ball, yet again. A good portion of the text was left untranslated, so, if an English-speaking reader went to the English-language Interfax portal, they would receive a partial and misleading report. This person should be made redundant and given their walking papers immediately. In any case, they always “soft-ball” reports concerning Catholics and Americans, therefore, the person is probably a “democrat”, that is, rabidly pro-American. Their English usage is worse than that of Boris and Natasha Badanov! (shades of “moose and skvirrel”) Interfax! Get rid of this creepo supremo! They are making you look BAD.

As concerns the tape seizure, my view is that it was NOT ordered from on high. Viktor Yushchenko is the willing running-dog-lackey of Bush and Rice, he is willing to sell the Ukraine out for a pittance to Western corporate and political interests, but, he is not abysmally stupid. This has all the marks of “something run up by the blacksmith’s apprentice whilst the blacksmith was out”. Someone was trying to impress his boss. Well… I think that there is going to be some dumbfounded customs official who is going to receive a posting to the most godforsaken border village in Galicia for causing this snafu. Serves ‘em right…

BMD

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