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These sentiments were expressed by Arch-priest Peter G. Kohanik of the Russian Orthodox Church in an article with an equally strongly worded title “The Biggest Lie of the Century ‘The Ukraine.’” The article appeared in a Russian American monthly in December 1952.

How is this relevant today? Well, bolshevism is dead. The Great Russian Empire is very much alive spanning many time zones but bereft of its jewel, Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church in America is reunited with the Moscow Patriarchate despite the latter’s legacy of work as an intelligence agent and subservience to the Kremlin. In fact the Russian Orthodox Church has always done a little of this and that. Frankly, its power in Russia was exceeded only by the czar and today only by Vladimir Putin and, maybe, Dmitri Medvedev.

Were he alive today Arch-priest Peter G. Kochanik would be very much involved in realizing his vision of the Great Russian Empire with “Little Russia” intact. In the past the czar would simply overrun Ukraine. Today the Russian Empire has to take little steps in order to reconstitute itself, the world be damned. Russia’s disregard for human rights and minority rights within its borders is notorious. During a recent visit to Russia, the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights reported, “Russia currently has the highest number of cases pending before the European Court of Human Rights.” This was attributed in part to endemic problems within Russia’s own legal system. Still this sentiment communicated a level of opprobrium with little or no consequences.

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