EP/GOA’s Response to Greco-Ukrainian Persecution? [Spoiler Alert: Crickets]

A Greek and Ukrainian protester wave flags in their respective nations. AP/Reuters/Amanda Macias/Business Insider

Someone once described war as having “a certain defining clarity.” 

I’ve said on multiple occasions, when the bullets start flying, you quickly figure out who your real friends are.  At the very least, you discover who are your enemies. 

They’re the ones firing guns in your direction.  (Or stabbing you in the back.)

Still, things are not always so black-and-white.  This is no less true of the current situation in Ukraine.  Those who are actually on the ground know what’s really going on.  Certainly, far better than we, with our controlled media. 

And yet, we’ve heard too many stories about the atrocities committed by the Azov Battalions to believe they aren’t true.  You know, the whole “where there’s smoke there must be fire” sort of thing.  The videos of Ukrainian civilians being used as human shields by their own countrymen are so horrible it brings bile to the throat.  They cannot be unseen or dismissed. 

It’s a complicated story.  It’s complicated because Ukraine is a complicated country.  It’s not even an organic country as these things go.  Think Yugoslavia.  Anyway, were this not the case, Russia would not have to go “tiptoeing through the tulips” to protect the good to eliminate the bad.  

I was going to publish an article on the history of the country but it’s taking a little longer than I’d like.  Rest assured that it will happen soon.  In the meantime, this new bit of information of atrocities perpetrated on Greco-Ukrainians came across the transom earlier this week, which I felt deserved immediate attention. 

I’d like to concentrate on a particular theatre of the war; specifically Mariupol, and the ethnic Greeks who have inhabited the city and the surrounding area for decades, if not generations.  I direct your attention to the following news article about the Greco-Ukrainian refugees from that area.  Long story short, as far as the Greeks are concerned, the Ukronazis are as real as they are bad.  They’ve got the scars to prove it, too.


We here at Monomakhos are a little late in the game.  However, our good friend, Nick Stamatakis from Helleniscope, has been waving the flag about the persecution of the ethnic Greek community for months.  Indeed long before the present hostilities began.  You see, it’s not just the Russophiles in the Donbass who have taken a beating by the Kievian “democratic” regime (which apparently is no more and never really was).   Long story short, Nick has pointedly asked the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as well as its eparchy here in America, what they intend to do about it. 

Here’s one such story of persecution submitted by one of Nick’s correspondents:  https://www.helleniscope.com/2022/03/21/why-the-silence-on-the-greeks-of-ukraine  

This is a powerful, powerful story:  The reaction from the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek Archdiocese?  Crickets.  

Contrast this with the incessant banging of drums by the Archon/L100 class whenever Halki is mentioned.  And what about their incessant criticism of the Turkish government and the absence of “religious freedom” for the Patriarchate in Istanbul?  (And let’s leave aside the fact that whenever Patriarch Bartholomew travels to a foreign country, he stays in the Turkish Embassy.  Why not?  He is after all a Turkish citizen.)  This caste of “leaders” has spent years creating a Dalai-Lamaesque cult of personality around the current patriarch, whose Church, we are told, is a “martyric one.”

So what about their underwhelming response to the plight of the 150,000 Greeks in Ukraine?  Are they not being persecuted?  Are their religious rights not worthy of protection?  

These questions are never asked because they make Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Elpidophoros –both of whom are Turkish citizens–uncomfortable.  If nothing else, they upset the infantile, secularist  narrative of “Russia=bad/West=good.”  Istanbul being the “good” Orthodox, as opposed to the awful Russians with their parochialist, anti-alphabet people attitudes.

Let’s be honest, Istanbul, along with its eparchies in the West, decided a long time ago to get on the Western bandwagon.  Mind you, this wasn’t such a terrible idea seventy years ago when President Truman installed Archbishop Athenagoras Spirou,  a patriotic American citizen to the core (and a CIA asset) on the throne in Istanbul.  Back then, America was the protector of freedom and liberty throughout the world.  Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but in stark contrast to the Soviet Union, the Warsaw Pact, Red China, and the various dictatorial Third-World nations that were aligned with Moscow, it was certainly more palatable.  

Nor was the America of Athenagoras’ time the tip of the globo-homo/feminazi/tranny spear. 

Oh, we did many unfortunate things, like interfering and/or overthrowing several dozen foreign governments.  Not a good thing in and of itself but given the fact that many of these countries had repressive regimes, our actions were by and large, mostly tolerable.  Nobody in the Third-World was worried that our armies would be enforcing homosexualism, two-click porn and abortion-on-demand.  And even if they didn’t approve of some of our mores, nobody could possibly imagine that only a few decades later we would be catering to the demands of anxious parents who insist on castrating their sons because they picked up a Powerpuff Girl instead of a Spiderman Superhero at age 3.  Not in a million years.

Unfortunately, that is no longer the case, is it?  

The Ecumenical Patriarchate is on the side of the Global American Empire (GAE) and all that it entails, which is a far cry from the Greeks in Ukraine, who are proud, card-carrying members of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the one that is an eparchy of the Patriarchate of Moscow; the branch of Orthodoxy that is not at all on board with the degeneracy of the West.

And that is why we are not hearing anything at all about the suffering Greeks of Eastern Ukraine.  And I dare say, we never will.  

Still, it’s a good thing to at least ask this question, don’t you think?  






  1. You were doing so well until the the praise and satisfaction with pseudo-patriarch Athenagoras, a political Masonic entity (flown in by Truman on a flight dubbed The Holy Cow) who falsely “lifted” the anathemas against the papacy. Please abandon fear and realize the US/Masonic/Globalist cult has been working to destroy Orthodoxy as an impediment to their agenda for a long, long time. Thank you for an otherwise very informative article.

  2. George Michalopulos says

    For those who doubt about the Ukrainian Army (or is it only Azov types?) hiding behind human shields, please take a look at this video:


  3. The truth tends to come out. It just sometimes takes a long while. And justice delayed is justice denied.

    I’ve seen the accounts of Greeks from Mariupol on The Duran. The Greek government insists the Russians were attacking them but they have been quite vocal about the fact that it was/is the Azov boys. Difficult to say, but I think there will be a pushback after hostilities have ceased by those who wish to set the record straight. While the shooting’s going on, everyone is staying on message and suppressing dissent to the extent possible – war time measures.

    Of course, that begs the question, “Who is at war here?” If the Greek government and the EU and US are all lying aggressively and suppressing any dissent, then aren’t they (NATO) the ones at war? They are just caught in their “rules based” limitations when it comes to aiding a non-NATO country. But the fact is that NATO is free to aid the Ukraine directly – even to invade and attack the Russian military. It is just that they are under no obligation to do so under Article 5 since the Ukraine is not a NATO member.

    So, to avoid direct military action with Russia and a nuclear war, they are waging economic and informational warfare. But make no mistake, NATO is at war with Russia. That is what this is all about.

  4. Illumined says

    The reason for the silence is self evident, the EP cares only for aligning itself with whatever the US political establishment wants. It fits a clear line of behavior going back to Elpidophorus marching with BLM. If I had to guess it’s a Faustian bargain, they think by aligning themselves with people they will get some Earthly power out of it. It’s a mistake. The devil may give you what you think you want, but it often isn’t what you really expected or wanted. Meanwhile the price will always be far higher than you think, the devil will always get his due.

    • All of this will backfire on Bartholomew and Elpidohphoros, it always does.

      The GOA is broke and hemorrhaging members. Nothing is going to stop that because nothing they do is grounded in Christ, only money and power. They are doomed to extinction.

      It’s unfortunate bc there are many, many good and devout clergy and laity in the GOA and the “top brass” is not indicative of everyone.

      I recently went to a vespers service at a ROCOR parish, it was packed with people and there were several in line for confession. After vespers was over I decided to go to a nearby well know GOA parish since their vespers was about to start, other than me there was only one other person there. It was a very stark contrast.

      • Illumined says

        We should always remember, the Orthodox Church is God’s church. He will preserve the faithful remnant. I’m optimistic for the future.

  5. We should all be praying for Archbishop Paul of Chicago (OCA) who is on his deathbed.

    This is the third hierarch of the OCA in under three years that has either reposed or is gravely Ill (Bishop David of Alaska, Benjamin of the West & now Abp. Paul).

    Speaking on Bishop Benjamin, his vivid restrictions in the state were extreme and many people have welcomed the enthronement of Bishop Alexis who has been against the measures. Similar accusations have been, and rightly so, brought against Archbishop Benjamin for his Orwellian restrictions.

    We should pray for their souls and healing, but I can’t help but wonder if this is sparking the “new crew” we have heard about.

    • Amen, Petros. Amen.

    • Ronda Wintheiser says

      I have shared here already, several times, how Archbishop Paul chose to respond to my questions to him in 2020 about the restrictions he imposed, as well about his veiled support for voting for Joe Biden. He is no longer my bishop, but I am saddened that such a generally genial man should meet such a demise. It’s just too early.

      Since both he and Bishop Benjamin were enthusiastic advocates of getting vaxxed, one must assume they were both vaxxed. And God forgive me, but I cannot help but wonder if the spike protein has got them both.

  6. Μωλον Λαβε says

    I must stand back for a while and let everything settle to the bottom until the water clears.
    Perhaps another way of stepping back and seeing the entire forest.
    I see everything happening as the time of harvest. Fall of this cycle or “fall” if you prefer.
    How will Winter be for many ? Cold ? Hungry ? Alone ? Frightened ?
    The time of harvest is also the time to repose and examine the remains of the day – or the season. Also a time to gather those you love close to you and a good time to make repairs, or make ready. Mend fences, reacquaint oneself with neighbors, because like it or not, we will have to depend and trust each other if we want to see a new Resurrection.
    This coming Pasca, will be a good time to reflect to where we’ve been and where we are headed.

    Tomorrow will be the 201st anniversary of the beginning of the Greek War of Independence ! Η Ελλαδα ποτε δεν πεθαινει !

  7. The Duran interviewing Robert Barnes gives a detailed history:

  8. Kudos to SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras.:

    Controversy arose though when Zelensky included a video message from a member of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, who claimed to be Greek.

    The appearance of the neo-Nazi fighter prompted SYRIZA MP’s Nikos Filis, Thodoris Dritsas and Yiannis Giolas to walk out of the session.

    “The speech by members of the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in the Greek Parliament is a challenge. They spoke of a history day, but it’s a historic shame. Solidarity with the Ukrainian people is a given. But the Nazi cannot have a say in parliament,” said SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras.

    Following this, government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said “Including a message from an Azov Battalion member was wrong and inappropriate.”

    For his part, the Azov Battalion fighter, who claimed to be Greek but could not speak Greek, said in Ukrainian: “I am addressing you as a Greek.”

    With Russian forces besieging Mariupol, in which 120,000+ ethnic Greeks live, SKAI news spoke with a Mr Kiouranas who lives in the city and exposed that Ukrainian “fascists” are killing people for trying to leave the city.

    When asked by SKAI news if he planned to leave the city, Kiouranas responded “how can I leave? When you try to leave you run the risk of running into a patrol of the Ukrainian fascists, the Azov Battalion.”

    “They would kill me and are responsible for everything,” he added.