Malofeyev, mala fide?

41The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazyeta has published documents that allegedly have leaked from Russian government sources and from which it transpires that the political crisis currently unfolding in Ukraine is following a script written in the Kremlin. (The Russian original version can be read on Novaya Gazyeta’s website, and an English translation is available here.)

This information may be of interest also for readers of this blog, given that one of the persons who are believed to have been involved in the drafting is Konstantin Malofeyev, a businessman with close links not only to President V. V. Putin, but also to the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

One of Mr. Malofeyev’s less warlike activities is that he presides over the St. Basil the Great Charitable Foundation, which in autumn 2014 funded and hosted the Large Families and the Future of Humanity Forum, a prestigious international conference to promote marriage, the family, and the sanctity of life.

Mr. Malofeyev is denying all allegations and has said that he was going to sue Novaya Gazyeta.

In the meantime, the correct evaluation of the Ukraine crisis leads to divergences of views also elsewhere. While Pope Francis has called on the conflicting parties to “end the fratricidal violence” (a statement that was warmly welcomed by the Moscow Patriarchate), the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halych has vigorously pointed out that this was not fratricidal violence between different Ukrainian factions, but a military aggression of one country against its neighbour.