The Russian Orthodox Church considers the exclusion of the blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky from the list of commemorated saints by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) as an ideological order, Vakhtang Kipshidze, deputy chairman of the Synodal Department for Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Society and the Media of the Moscow Patriarchate, told NEWS.ru. According to him, the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the US State Department, which established the OCU, may be behind this.
The OCU is a political organization under the direct control of the forces that created it. By excluding Alexander Nevsky from the list of revered saints, they are fulfilling an ideological order to reformat the spiritual and historical heritage and destroy any spiritual ties with the common Orthodox heritage. This is a political decision, an ideological order from those forces that established the OCU,” he said.
In the fall, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law banning the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC). According to Ukrainian parliament member Yaroslav Zheleznyak, the bill was supported by 267 people, 15 were against it.
As Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia stated, the destruction of the UOC is aimed at creating a quarrel between the peoples of historical Russia, who are related to a single spiritual and cultural heritage. He added that in many countries, Orthodox Russians are becoming the target of harassment and even persecution for being bearers of centuries-old Russian culture.