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Russian Analytical Digest No. 286: War and Church

The topic of this issue is War and Church. Firstly, Regina Elsner queries the reasons why religion plays such an important role in the Russo-​Ukrainian War of 2022 and why Orthodoxy cannot be expected to play a peacemaking role therein; secondly, Alexander Ponomariov focuses on two Ukrainian autocephalies: the newly established Orthodox Church of Ukraine, and the de-​facto one proclaimed by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and predicts that the Ukrainian dioceses under Russian control are likely to move under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church, with huge repercussions for Orthodox theopolitics.

Ideological Pillow and Strategic Partner: The Russian Orthodox Church and the War
By Regina Elsner, Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Berlin

Cuius Regio, Eius Religio? The Theopolitics of Ukrainian Autocephalies
By Alexander Ponomariov, Passau

pdfRussian Analytical Digest No. 286 (17. Oktober 2022)