Now, the Belarusian opposition has not only the formal leader that fled to Lithuania, but also own US-rooted Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (BAOC) that supports forces that seek to overthrow the political regime of President Alexander Lukashenko.
The BAOC made an official statement in support of the opposition on August 15 appealing to the ‘international community’ that united against Lukashenko. The BAOC is an unrecognized pseudo-religious body in the Eastern Orthodox tradition created in the second part of the 2000s. It paints itself as an ‘independent’ Belarusian Orthodox church. The main HQ of the BAOC is located in New York. It, among other pseudo-cuhrch organizations led by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, supported the creation of the ‘independent’ Orthodox Church of Ukraine in 2018. As it’s expected the both Ukrainian and Belarusian ‘independent’ churches are created thanks to the direct foreign support and act like political tools of their pro-neo-liberal sponsors.
At the same time, the cases of Ukraine and Belarus are an interesting demonstration how the religious questions become a part of the wider political manipulation campaigns in Eastern Europe.
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