Украйна глухо волновалась.
Давно в ней искра разгоралась.
Друзья кровавой старины
Народной чаяли войны,
Роптали, требуя кичливо,
Чтоб гетман узы их расторг,
И Карла ждал нетерпеливо
Их легкомысленный восторг.
In mute agitation Ukraine seethed.
Long the spark had smoldered.
The friends of bloody antiquity
Thirsted for a people’s war,
They grumbled, surreptitiously demanding
That the Hetman break their chains,
And awaited impatiently Charles [XII]
In their ill-thought-out ecstasy.
(Pushkin again, still another fragment from Poltava)
Continuing with these “Amazing But True” stories from this piece by Alexander Ashurov.
We get to the topic of the roots of Ukrainian nationalism. Which are one and the same as the roots of Ukrainian Autocephaly. Now, from time to time I engage in internet “debates” with people (mostly pro-Russians with a “nationalist” leaning) who don’t even believe that the Ukrainian nation is a real thing. In their simplified world-view they believe that the bloody Bolsheviks, Lenin, Trotsky and The World Jewish Conspiracy simply invented the Ukraine as a way of bringing down Russia. And it goes without saying that they bring in the Rothschilds, Parvus and the German General Staff as “proof” of their ludicrous assertions. To which I generally counter that the Ukraine is an actual real thing — I’m not saying that it’s good or bad, just that it’s a real thing — and that the Bolsheviks were attempting, in their own little way, as best they knew how and in accordance with their doctrines, to deal with an actual issue. As opposed to inventing something that didn’t exist.
Now, as to the fact that the Bolsheviks/Communists endowed the Ukraine with many lands and riches and wealth that it did not previously possess — that fact is undisputed and can be filed away in the category “What were they thinking?” It is also more than true that Ukrainian Nationalism is traditionally used as the tool of choice by an endlessly filing-past Shadow Army of Russia’s geopolitical enemies. Starting with the Polish King and Swedish Charles XII, and then Hitler, of course, and then on, even unto our modern times, of the United States of America, today’s champion of Ukrainian Exceptionalism. The only one of Russia’s many enemies who did not employ Ukrainians as cannon fodder was, to my knowledge, Napoleon Bonaparte, and I could even be wrong about that!
But returning to our source material:
So now we go back in time (bloop bloop bloop) to 1919, with the founding of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America (UOCA). Founded by Ukrainian Nationalist-minded immigrants to the U.S. Said community ballooned in numbers particularly after World War II, when the U.S. “rescued” tons of Ukrainian fascists who had just lost the war to the much-hated Soviet Union.
The official Russian Orthodox Church does not recognize the UOCA and regards it as a Schimastic sect. Not understanding any of the theological issues involved, such as the nature of the Trinity and the infallibility of the Italian Pope, I am not in a position to have an opinion on said ruling. But I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express once, and I have met my share of Ukrainian-Americans who attend UOCA churches, as well as playing Bingo at the Ukrainian National Home — and I can confirm that all these people are fascists, pretty much. But then, some of the Russian clergy are fascists too, I reckon, just to be fair and balanced about this.
Anyhow, the very first leader of the Ukrainian-American schismatics in UOCA was a certain Ioann Teodorovich (1887-1971) from Volhynia. In 1922 Ioann was condemned as a heretic by Ukrainian Exarch Ambrosiy. After that, Ioann became the Archbishop of Vinnytsia. Dispatched to the U.S. in 1923 by fellow Autocephalist Vasiliy Lipkovsky in order to sheep-herd the American flock, Ioann promoted the idea of UOCA affiliating with Ukrainian Autocephaly. When Ioann died in 1971, he was replaced by Mstislav Skripnik (1898-1993). Born in the fateful region of Poltava, during the Russian Civil War Skripnik served as an adjutant to Simon Petliura. When I googled Skripnik, I got this piece, with the following paragraph:
Besides the “pastors” -Uniates, members of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church actively cooperated with the OUN and Bandera and “served” them, or rather instigated crimes against humanity, in particular, Petliura’s nephew, “the founder of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” and the first “primate” of the “Kiev Patriarchate” Mstislav Skripnik (1898-1993).
The photo therein shows a very happy Mr. Skripnik greeting the Nazi “liberators” in Rovno. It goes without saying that “exposing” Ukrainian Nationalists and Autocephalites as not-so-secret Nazis, is like taking candy from a baby. Nonetheless, the job, like the tedious works of ants and terminites, still has to be done.
Returning to Ashurov, he writes that, during the Nazi occupation of the Ukraine, Skripnik was “tonsured” as a monk. In his position he was able to provide assistance to the Banderites, the Autocephalites, and the Nazis. When his side lost the war, Skripnik hopped on the usual rat-line that was set up to spirit such types into the U.S. and Canada. Said rat-lines organized by the American military in conjunction with the Roman Catholic Church. In 1947 Skripnik was elected Archbishop of the Canadian Orthodox Church. In 1990 he returned to the Ukraine for the first time, after a special invite from then-President Leonid Kravchuk, and was promoted all the way to Patriarch of the Ukrainian Autocephalic Church. This was the beginning of the re-Nazification of the Ukraine — see, it can’t all be blamed on the Maidan!
Ashurov concludes his piece with this paragraph:
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and its allied Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, are in canonical communication with the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church. The current Exarch of Patriarch Bartholomew in the Ukraine Daniel Zelinsky, is a native of the Ternopil region who, in 1993 graduated from the Uniate Seminary in Ivano-Frankovsk. Having become a citizen of the U.S., in 1996 Zelinsky received his Catholic education in the U.S. and in the school belonging to the Order of Dominicans in Washington.
TRANSLATION: These guys are actually Catholics! Which is why they fit in so neatly with the EU and NATO.