Russia has activated fakes on the topic of religion - Center for Strategic Communications and information security

03 August, 11:40
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The Center for Strategic Communications and information security reports that in the context of recent events, in particular the Baptism of Rus, which we celebrated on July 28, the distribution of fake messages and provocative materials on religious topics by pro-Russian media has significantly intensified.

This is stated on the Facebook page of the center.

Pro-Russian media spread the message (https://bit.ly/3l8of0d) that the visit of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to Ukraine, which is scheduled for August 24 this year, “will increase discrimination against the UOC-MP” and activate “Ukrainian radicals and nationalists.” The comment of Metropolitan Anthony of the UOC-MP, who called Bartholomew "personally responsible for the split of Ukraine,” was actively picked up by the pro-Russian media, in particular, Strana.ua: https://bit.ly/3xdeyzZ

Russian propaganda also spreads disinformation that on August 24, during the visit of the patriarch of Constantinople, Volodymyr Zelenskyy plans to “solemnly hand over to Bartholomew St. Sophia of Kyiv, as well as the Kyiv-Pechersk and Pochayiv Lavra."

An article titled "pREesident's mistake” appeared on the website versii.com (https://bit.ly/3icCBuH) on the eve of the day of the Baptism of Rus and spread on numerous Telegram channels, Vkontakte pages and other information outlets that are not the first to publish fake news in the interests of Russia.

”We would like to remind you that Russian propaganda uses any pretexts to provoke and destabilize the internal situation in Ukraine, and the topic of religion remains one of the key topics for the Kremlin's propaganda machine," the Center comments.