Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of the Simferopol and Crimea of the Russian Orthodox Church, known as Putin’s clergyman, has yet another “genius” idea to further Russianize the occupied peninsula. This time he decided to actively brainwash local schoolchildren.
This was reported by Crimea.Realities.
Shevkunov plans to organize live meetings with his propagandist priests for children. So that they brainwash them more effectively in the spirit of the “Russian world”.
Under the pretext of taking schoolchildren on excursions, another attempt will be made to impose on them Russian identity and hatred for everything Ukrainian. After all, Tikhon Shevkunov is known for his anti-Ukrainian and anti-Western views.
Archpriest Volodymyr Kashlyuk, the head of the press service department of the “Crimean Metropolis”, said that in the fifth and sixth grades, the basics of the “spiritual and moral culture of Russia” are already being studied.
“Vladyka Metropolitan Tikhon of Simferopol and Crimea offers the newest form, and we, as clergy, of course, do it – these are live meetings with priests who are burning and fighting for living Orthodoxy. For example, it will be enough to organize a pilgrimage to the same Tavrian Chersonesus, where an entire unique Byzantine city is currently being built,” he said.
In addition, according to Kashlyuk, a subject called “Fundamentals of religious culture and secular ethics” was introduced in the fourth grade of Crimean schools.
These actions of the occupiers cause indignation and concern of experts. After all, Moscow is actually trying to turn the Ukrainian children of Crimea into enemies of their Motherland.
Previously, religious scholar, church and public activist Serhiy Chapnin said that Shevkunov is “one of the ideologues who shaped the image of the West as a foe of Russia and Orthodoxy.” Speaking about Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Shevkunov adheres to the narratives of Russian propaganda, declaring that “we are fighting there with wild, terrible, infernal fascism, with Nazis.”
Shevkunov’s predecessor, 84-year-old Metropolitan Lazar (Rostyslav Shvets, a native of the Kremenets district of Ternopil region), who headed the local diocese for 31 years, was “sent to rest” by the decision of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church dated October 11, 2023.