Disinformative Photo in the Russian Media
Pravmir.ru used the identical photo in a publicationof May 26, 2017, which claimed that the photos were showing the fact of raids on an Orthodox church in Volyn region. A Russian online portal vaonews.org, on April 9, 2017, disseminated news about the terrorist attack in Egypt and used the photo of Zaporozhye to describe the damageof the interior façade of the church.
Other Photo Manipulations
Apart from the photo taken in Zaporozhye, Jondi Baghaturia also publishesother manipulative photos on the personal Facebook page that reflect various events from different periods.
The photo given below, which, according to Jondi Baghaturia, shows the raid on an Orthodox church, evident by the breaking into the doors, were actually taken in 2013. The case concerned Ukrainian Orthodox clerics who were demanding entrance to a closed church.
The photo showing the break into the doors was taken in August 2013 and it actually shows the events which took place in Popelnyavillage, Ukraine. Locals met a priest newly appointed to the Popelnya church with protest. The clerics that appeared close to the church, refused to speak to the congregation and entered the church anyway with the help of accompanying persons, who can be seen on the photo. Therefore, this photo has nothing in common with the persecution of Orthodoxy.
Another photo, disseminated by the leader of “Georgian Troupe”, pictures the protest of people unhappy with closing of a Ukrainian Orthodox church subject to the Moscow Ptriarchate in 2013.
On April 19, 2013, against the will of the congregation, the people, considering themselves the builders of the church, closeddown the Novo Arkhangelsk church. The believers met the given fact with protest, and the representatives of the local opposition joined it. As a result of the manifestations, the church was re-opened on April 23, however, according to the locals, during the five days when the building was occupied by the other people, tens of expensive icons got lost.
Orthodox Church in Ukraine
There are Orthodox churches in Ukraine subordinate to the Moscow and Kyiv Patriarchates. The Russian media has been actively blaming the Kyiv Patriarchate representatives since 2016 of subjecting40 acting Orthodox churches of the Moscow Patriarchate. Russia Today was also speaking of similar accusations in May 2017.
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