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Church asks Russian govt to let Ukrainian chemical firms buy gas directly from Gazprom

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March 19, 2010, 2:02 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Father Vsevolod also noted that "enterprises of Ukraine's chemical industry have been providing significant assistance for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate."

Moscow, March 19 (Interfax) - The Moscow Patriarchate has asked the Russian government to allow Ukrainian chemical enterprises to purchase natural gas directly from gas giant Gazprom and other Russian companies. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Synodal Department for Relations between the Church and Society, said in a letter to First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov that this request was made in response to a letter in which head of Ukraine's Union of Chemical Enterprises Oleksy Holubov asked Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for help in this issue, according to the www.interfax-religion.ru website.

Father Vsevolod also drew Zubkov's attention to the fact that "enterprises of Ukraine's chemical industry have been providing significant assistance for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate."

"His Holiness frequently receives petitions calling on the authorities to heed various requests. The Synodal Department for Relations between the Church and Society forwards such petitions to the authorities to inform them of the needs and wishes of the authors of such requests," Father Vsevolod said.
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Anonymous March 19, 2010, 3:28 p.m.    

Wow... The KGB church lobbying for a KGB Oligarch so that he can continue to subsidize the KGB churches activities in Ukraine... what a truly satanic arrangement.

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Anonymous March 19, 2010, 3:40 p.m.    

Where in the bible does it say the church should be involved in telling the government how to run their business? Only in Russia, can something like this happen.

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Anonymous March 19, 2010, 4:02 p.m.    

The Levite priests came before judges and kings my friend, for those that call themselves christian folk. Of course Babylon and Egypt had no governance via priests. Is Ukraine a christian state, or is it part of modern day Babylon (City of London, DC, etc)? An interesting question. Probably you should get to know your Bible better before you quote it.

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Anonymous March 19, 2010, 9:50 p.m.    

..as Caiaphas came before Pilate.

Point taken.

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Anonymous March 20, 2010, 5:18 p.m.    

A helpful &quot;interference&quot;. The Eastern industries should be helped in order that they can continue to subsidize the rest of Ukraine.

In a way it is like Chinese loans help Americans to pay their mortgages and use their credit cards.

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