ROCOR (A) Bishop Dionysius (Alferov): Ukrainian Nationalism a “Spiritual Problem”

Reported on July 20, 2014 (

(Ideas contained are solely those of the author not of NFTU)


The ongoing confrontation between Russia and Ukraine has revealed different aspects of the conflict. The focus is on a globalist anti-Russian conspiracy led by the United States, which seized power in Kiev and organized a punitive operation against the Donbass [eastern Ukraine]. But, apart from the military confrontation, political and economic events of the last months have shown a danger to Russia from the Ukrainian idea.  This idea as is held by millions of inhabitants of modern Ukraine, especially in its leading national fiber, and thus ensures its preservation as a unified state. This idea is now being repeated by the media, and is being developed by Russia’s enemies in the fact of different centers of Ukrainian studies for more than a century. At the same time, despite the development in Austria, Germany, England and the United States, this idea is not at all alien to the local Ukrainian tradition, but, is based on specific facts of Ukrainian history, certain trends of the past, and on the negative qualities of the Ukrainian national character. This idea has already raised thousands of militants who are killing Russian people in the Donbas and spreading terror to the rest of the territory, as well as hundreds of thousands of other “Ukrov”, sympathetic to the militants and providing them informational cover for their total “holy war against the Muscovites.”  Some positions of the Ukrainian idea are declared [openly], others are confessed, but not admitted, and others exist on a subconscious level. Together they define the model behaviour of an individual adept, and society as an whole.


The Ukrainian Idea

The basis of this idea is founded on the following simple propositions:

1. Firstly, Ukraine is not Russia, moreover Ukraine is part of Europe (and Russia, respectively of Asia, is “Katsapstan” [“Katsap” is a Ukrainian slang word for Russian].

2. Secondly, Ukrainians were originally a separate nation (in the Ukrainian History very, they are a special part of the Aryan race), and Russians are Asiatic mongrels [mesitzos].

3. Thirdly, Russia from ancient times was the main enemy of the great Ukrainian masses.


Inside the Ukrainian idea there is some range of views from the insanely radical to the relatively moderate, but, its clearly anti-Russian character is obvious: in all versions the idea is  “grounded” against Russia. Ukraine in such a representation is not just a sister of Russia living in the territory of the former Russian Empire sharing resources with modern Russia, but, is in all respect anti-Russian and opposed to Russia. The assimilation of such an idea in the consciousness of the broad masses is the success of the “Ukrainian project” as developed by the enemies of both Ukrain and Russia over the matter of their borders.

Confrontation between Ukraine and Russia regards a variety of areas. First, in the language. The forcible introduction of the Ukrainian “Language Society” against the Russian language, the forced Ukrainization is at least due to the loss of quality of education and general cultural degradation. For example, in Khazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the Russian language is second rate.

Even more frightening is the confrontation in history, which replaced the various versions of fake anti-Russian  orientation with the complete silencing of entire layers of historical date covering a thousand year period of Russian statehood.

In the field of geography, we see claims on the illegally obtain Russian lands of Novorossia, Donbass, and Crimea by Ukraine. In the field of practical politics there is the full sale and delivery of all vestiges of national sovereignty to the West; from the participation in various anti-Russian communities (such as GUAM), to the participation of Ukrainian troops and militants in the Chechen and Ossetian wars, as well as in Iraq as part of NATO. In the daily speeches of leading politicians in Ukraine and its media that has developed ‘de rigueur’ rudeness and anger towards the “Muscovites”, and in recent months, anti-Russian hysteria has reached its peak; this has acquired the character of a national psychosis and lunacy.

Finally, even in the Church, Ukrainian Orthodoxy, despite the rivalry between different jurisdictions, they are all most aggressive towards the Russian government, giving anathemas against Russian and blessing  the Ukrainian host for holy war against the “Muscovites”. By the way, the word “Russian”, whether used in this case or not, is accompanied by curses.

Thus, even a relatively politically correct dialogue or debate with people brought up on the Ukrainian idea is impossible. Recent talks on [natural] gas clearly shows this.Ukrainization destroys in a man not only all that is Russia, but all that is universal, killing common sense, a sense of personal responsibility, transforming the human community into a team jumping balls.  “Killing a Muscovite”, the Ukrainian is at the same time killing a human personality, becoming an insane and heartless fanatic with baseless ideas.

The events of recent months have shown that anti-Russian Ukrainian ideology has been more or less assimilated by the vast array of the inhabitants of modern Ukraine, including many people of purely Russian origin. It was an unpleasant surprise for the Russian patriots, separating the traditional presentation of the triune Russian  (Great Russians, Little Russians, and Belorussians) or fraternal people.  Social practice in this case is the criterion of truth, and it shows; there is no longer the triune people or the fraternal Ukrainian. There are, on the one hand, the Patriots of Russia, including those of Ukrainian origin, supporters of a unified Russian state and culture (as it is in the USA patriot of Russian and Ukrainian descent, who are laid back and friendly in relating to Ukrainian language and culture). On the other hand, there are enemies of Russia as a state in its past, present, and future; mostly enemies of the imperial Russian idea.  This does not necessarily include fans of Mazepa and Bandera; they include ethnic Russians: different religious or political sects, extreme nationalists (fascists), the spiritual heirs of the Jewish Zealots, radical Russian Old Believers, without any embarrassment of belonging to a united front with liberals and Ukraino-Nazis. But not “pro-Russian Ukrainians” are any longer visible. The Russian and Ukrainian ideas are now mutually exclusive. Apparently it was originally, but now there is complete clarity.

Indicative is the hostility with which the representatives of the Ukrainian people reject all attempts  of Russian patriots to explain to them, that, well, we are brothers. All attempts of fraternization are swept aside in an insulting manner as a fiction of the “Muscovites”. Therefore it is already impossible to impose on brothers when they think you are their enemy.

The main feature of the Ukrainian idea is its ingratitude; the lack of recognition of the good deeds on the part of Russia in the different periods of its history. For example, by the adoption of the Left-Bank of Ukraine into Russian citizenship in 1654, Muscovy saved her from physical destruction by bloody brutalization from the Polish nobility that took place on Ukraine’s Right Bank.  This was followed by the serious Thirteen Year Russo-Polish war in which many from Moscow fell for the sake of their brothers, despite the complications caused by the numerous betrayals of the Hetman. These facts are now treated in Ukrainian historiography as Moscovite Expansion and the seizure of Ukraine. Ingratitude in general is a characteristic feature of the Ukrainian people.

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