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July 26, 2012, 4:11 p.m. | Ukraine — by Associated Press

This photo made available by Femen shows a topless protester from the controversial Ukrainian feminist group Femen, center, is blocked by a security guard, left, and a priest, right, as she tries to throw herself at the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill in Kiev, Ukraine Thursday, July 26, 2012. The woman, identified as Anna Zhdanova, had the words “Kill Kirill” written on her back in large black letters and shouted a phrase from a religious ritual that aims to expel demons which can roughly be translated as “Kirill, go to hell.”
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A bare-breasted feminist activist bearing a threatening message on her body tried to attack the Russian Orthodox Church's leader Thursday, July 26, to protest alleged anti-Ukrainian policies by the church and the Kremlin.

The protester with the controversial Ukrainian women's rights movement Femen managed to get a meter (yard) within Patriarch Kirill at Kyiv's airport, but was stopped by a security guard and a priest.

The woman, identified by Femen as Yana Zhdanova, had the words "Kill Kirill" written on her back in large black letters and shouted a phrase from a religious ritual that aims to expel demons, roughly translated as "Kirill, go to hell."

Police said the activist was being held at the airport and will soon be taken to court, where she may face a fine or several days in custody.

The commotion highlighted the tension between Moscow and Kyiv as Ukraine tries to move out of Russia's shadow politically, economically and spiritually.

Ukraine's main Orthodox Church still answers to Kirill's Moscow Patriarchate, and two smaller but increasingly popular independent churches are not recognized by world's Orthodox leaders. But there is a growing movement to create a strong, unified Ukrainian Orthodox church that would be Moscow's equal.

The incident also underlined the relative freedom and democracy of Ukrainian society compared to Russia, where three members of the feminist rock band Pussy Riot have spent months in prison and face up to 7 years in jail for performing a "punk prayer" against Russian President Vladimir Putin from a pulpit of Moscow's main cathedral.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said it will not press charges against Zhdanova.

"The girl has been shamed and lectured and I think this is quite enough," church spokesman Vasily Anisimov told The Associated Press. "If we put a policeman next to every sin ... what will our life become?"

Kirill did not react to the incident, proceeding to talk about his visit to a group of reporters. He is in Ukraine on an annual worshipping trip.

Femen has gained prominence for staging topless protests against all kinds of political and social problems — from the shortage of hot water to women's rights in the Muslim world to domestic pension reforms. But critics say Femen members are more interested in self-promotion than real reform, and that their antics are often tacky and undermine the cause of their protests.

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me you July 26, 2012, 6:51 p.m.    

hey kiril can you tell me the time :)))

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Roman Dawydiak July 26, 2012, 8:10 p.m.    

The Associated Press need to do more research. They allude to "2 smaller churches" (Ukrainian Orthodox Churches in Ukraine). The number of churches in a country do not necessarily indicate the strength of that church, The number of adherents are what is important. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) is by far the most powerful Orthodox Church in Ukraine and its strength is growing exponentially. It is for this reason in particular that Patriarch Kirill feels that it is duty to intervene personally and tend to this crisis in order to stem the tide. For all intensive purposes it is already too late. Even the local UOC MP is demanding greater indepenence fro the Mother Church in Russia. Simply put, most Ukrainians want to be the master in their own house and they do not need a foreign alien (Kirill) to tell them how to run their own internal affairs.

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AL BALA July 28, 2012, 4:14 a.m.    

Gee ?

Could KGB Kirill please explain why he would not allow even ONE registered Ukrainian Church in Russia {AKA - Muscovy} ?

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AL BALA July 28, 2012, 4:43 a.m.    

In the prayer of St. Vladimir's Hill in Kiev, which was held on July 27, the head of the ROC, the Moscow Patriarch Kirill , was attended by about 400 people, 100 of them - members of the clergy.

http://tsn.ua/ukrayina/patriarh-kirilo-pobazhav-ukrayincyam-ne-plazuvati-na-zemli.html

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Gee ?

100 KGB "priests" + 300 KGB and other Anti-Ukrainian government officials !

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PPS

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Gee ?

I guess that the "common" Ukrainian people - voted with their feet !

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harry krishna July 27, 2012, 4:34 a.m.    

that security person looks like he stepped out of a '70's disco. wild and crazy guy...

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AL BALA July 28, 2012, 4:07 a.m.    

and shouted a phrase from a religious ritual that aims to expel demons, roughly translated as "Kirill, go to hell."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/patriarch-kirill-femen_n_1704921.html

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Gee ?

The first person to have the brains and "balls" to publicly state that an exorcism MAY help turn KGB Kirill into a decent human being !

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For this Historical Moment - she gets arrested and sentenced the very SAME day !

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AL BALA July 31, 2012, 5:59 a.m.    

However, the arrests began in Forgiveness Sunday before Lent.

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If all this apply to anti-Christian statements of many prominent figures of the ROC, it is a very sad situation for the prospects of the church. For example, the head of synodnoho with relations of church and society ROC Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, in an interview "the Russian news service" publicly called for war against Russia's neighbors and offered to take the army of orange opposition. According to Chaplin, Russia must "build a powerful military presence" in all areas where "people are asked to protect against orange experiments, various color revolutions." In his opinion, do not be afraid of war and fighting. "Even if Russia will need to participate in hostilities, this day should not be afraid. Army must finally give a real job. Networked hamsters could easily be sent to the current war. Those who survive will probably be people "- said Chaplin.

Thus, the prior of the church of St. Philip Sevastopol UOC-MP, Archpriest Viacheslav Kostenko said recently that the congregation should honor Generalissimo Joseph Stalin, because he "graduated with honors from religious school and studied at the seminary, so I had a correct notion of spirituality."

Earlier in the church near St. Petersburg was an icon depicting Stalin. Eustathius Abbot said, "What would you say, but for me Stalin - the father. And I do not want to betray him. "

Indeed, in regions where the dominant Moscow Patriarchate, the level of social diseases (alcoholism, drug addiction, crime, AIDS, etc.) is much higher than the rest of the country. That in itself puts a special issue of canonicity.

Also, the UOC-MP is not so long ago sounded the known history of drunken driving priest of the temple in Troeschina Odessa diocese a priest who took money from rich men and spent on prostitutes.

Some critics say the Moscow Patriarchate that in fact he was not founded by Prince Vladimir or even Metropolitan Jonah in 1448, but in reality by Joseph Stalin, 1943, resulting in restoration of the Patriarchate.

Recently the Arab League suspended the membership of Syria and threatened to withdraw envoys from the death of thousands in protests against President Assad, as patriarch of Moscow the same day visited Syria and wished success to local authorities.

The fact that even in 1801 the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church forbade the construction of churches in the Ukrainian style and introduced rules in church construction in the Moscow Synodal Apostolic style, which was formed under significant influence of Kazan, Astrakhan tent architecture.

http://www.day.kiev.ua/232035

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