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Victor Yushchenko Calls for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Separate From Russia’s

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    July 30, 2008 Letting Them Be Comment by Georgy Bovt Special to Russia Profile Victor Yushchenko Calls for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Separate From
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      July 30, 2008
      Letting Them Be
      Comment by Georgy Bovt
      Special to Russia Profile

      Victor Yushchenko Calls for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Separate
      From Russia's

      Last weekend, celebrations of the 1020th anniversary of the
      Christening of Russia took place in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
      But given Ukraine's desire to continuously re-affirm its sovereignty,
      along the numerous factors that presently aggravate the relationship
      between Russia and Ukraine, any kind of constructive dialogue between
      the two countries in the near future is impossible, as even such
      holidays have political implications.

      Victor Yushchenko, the president of Ukraine, uses every chance he has
      to strengthen Ukrainian sovereignty, as he understands it. He never
      misses an opportunity to do so. Therefore, it has been obvious for a
      long time that the celebration of the 1020th anniversary of the
      Christening of Russia would be employed by the Ukrainian president
      precisely for this purpose, which is why from the very beginning, the
      celebration was bound to have a political resonance. Russian secular
      and churchly authorities saw it coming. Perhaps this is why some
      politicians were originally intent on "putting up a fight with
      Ukrainian nationalists" and on not giving in under any circumstances.
      For example, it was clear in advance that Deputy Konstantin Zatulin
      would not be permitted to cross the Ukrainian border, because the
      Ukrainian authorities are following the notorious "black list" policy
      with regard to Russian politicians, especially those who dare to make
      public statements that insult or challenge Ukrainian sovereignty.
      Zatulin is one such politician: along with the Moscow Mayor Yury
      Luzhkov, he has made the most controversial remarks regarding the
      fact that Crimea and Sevastopol should not "belong" to Ukraine.

      Zatulin went to Ukraine anyway. And, of course, he was deported.

      Rest of story:

      http://www.russiaprofile.org/page.php?pageid=International&articleid=a
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