Bishop Paul Peter Jesep: “A free press helps to keep the government accountable to the people - not Russia, not the oligarchs, and not to your friend Kirill in Moscow.” 

The question was sparked by a recent government report in Russia that suggests the world’s largest country geographically also has a large corruption issue with which it is dealing.

Bishop Paul Peter Jesep says in regard to the German court case again John Demjanjuk, a Ukrainian native who was a Nazi prison guard, “The Demjanjuk case is not about Ukraine.  The case, even if justice has not been served, should not be allowed to fuel animosity between Ukrainian Jews and Christians.”

Demjanjuk: Dreyfus in reverse 2011/5/20 13:17:29

“…there is that part of the global Jewish community which could not accept Demjanjuk’s innocence, the findings of the Israeli courts or the rule of law. Many concerned Jews disagreed, yet remained silent.  But then, that’s precisely why anti-Semitism exists to this day. Today it’s being fed by extremist Jews themselves and the silence and acquiescence of others.”

“…secret decision-making technologies for amending the Basic Law are hidden…in the CCU or ‘glossed-over’ documents of the Presidential Administration.”

“Ukraine, a crossroads for many peoples, would do well to embrace its Jewishness as it does its Christian heritage.  It should celebrate its rich religious and cultural diversity.  In doing so, a freer, more democratic Ukraine can be built, sustained, and nurtured.  It would be a counter-balance to Russia’s increasing authoritarianism while becoming a stable and reliable democratic ally of Israel.”        

“There is a more sinister element here that involves more than intolerant chauvinism used by Moscow to confuse it with legitimate nationalism.  It is another example of Russia and the secular Moscow Patriarchate causing division among Ukrainian Jews and Christians.”

Preparations for holding UEFA’s Euro 2012 football championship series in Ukraine and Poland are moving forward in a satisfactory manner. However, some of the costs and some of the other actions related to the events raise some interesting questions.

Paul Peter Jesep examines the upcoming meeting of President Viktor Yanukovych with leaders of all of Ukraine’s major Orthodox and Catholic church groups, a marked difference from his previous preferential treatment of the head of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The latest commentary by Paul Peter Jesep* takes the form of an open letter to President Viktor Yanukovych on the subject of assuring the president’s place in history.

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