82 prominent Ukrainian scholars ask MACRON to stop funding it

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On November 11, 82 of essentially the most distinguished spiritual students of Ukraine, together with the President of the Nationwide Academy of Science of Ukraine, and lots of different huge names, wrote a letter to the French President Emmanuel Macron in regards to the funding of FECRIS. FECRIS is an umbrella group that gathers “anticult” associations throughout Europe, together with in Russia. It’s far decried for its discriminatory actions towards new religions, and has been convicted by a number of courts in Europe for these. And actually, it’s solely funded by the French authorities.

The purpose of the letter is to lift consciousness of the robust assist that FECRIS has supplied to its Russian members, and to the Kremlin of their outrageous propaganda towards Ukraine and the West. It’s true that by funding this group which nonetheless has members in Russia calling to hate and struggle towards the Ukrainian depicted as “Satanists” and “cult members”, is contradictory with the political and monetary assist of Ukraine by the present French authorities. By funding FECRIS, France funds its personal enemy, the enemy of Ukraine and the enemy of Europe.

Right here is the complete letter with signatories:

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FECRIS below fireplace: 82 distinguished Ukrainian students ask MACRON to cease funding it

M. Emmanuel Macron

Président de la République Française

Palais de l’Élysée

75008 Paris

Kiev, November 11, 2022

Copy to:

Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine

Vadym Omeltchenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to France

Etienne de PONCINS, Ambassador of France in Ukraine

Re: Funding of FECRIS affiliation by France

Pricey Mr President,

We’re a bunch of Ukrainian students and human rights defenders, most of us presently primarily based in Ukraine. We wish to begin this letter by saying that we deeply admire the assistance that France is offering to our nation, in essentially the most tough scenario that we face throughout these horrible occasions for our folks.

However, we wish to draw your consideration on the next information. On the Human Dimension Convention organized by the OSCE in Warsaw, on September 28 and 29, France has been publicly requested by NGOs to cease funding FECRIS (European Federation of Analysis and Info Facilities on Sects and Cults), a French umbrella group that gathers “anti-cults” organizations all through Europe and is principally funded by France.

What was reproached as regards FECRIS, moreover its discriminatory actions towards any spiritual minority that they falsely label as “cults”, was the truth that for years it has supported its Russian department, while that department is a key and fixed actor within the Kremlin’s propaganda towards Ukraine, its authorities and its folks.

The French Everlasting Illustration at OSCE issued a proper of reply, and as an alternative of answering on the deserves of the criticism, solely said that “FECRIS is an affiliation offering help to victims of sectarian aberrations. It’s as such that it’s supported by the French authorities, which intends to proceed supporting its actions”. We deeply remorse that the French illustration didn’t take critically the information that had been denounced throughout this convention.

Sadly, the assist of FECRIS to Russian propaganda towards Ukraine may be very nicely documented. It began very long time in the past. Alexander Dvorkin, Vice President of FECRIS from 2009 to 2021 and presently a board member, has been barred from coming into Ukraine since 2014, as a result of he was a really rabid anti-Ukrainian propagandist, spreading on Russian State TV that Ukrainian authorities had been a bunch of “cult-followers” managed by cults and the West. He was one of many first calling the Maidan authorities “Neo-Pagans” and “Nazis”. Since, he made visits to the self-proclaimed “Luhansk Individuals’s Republic” and continued its propaganda towards Ukraine there, along with Russia.

Alexander Novopashin, an official consultant of FECRIS in Russia, is sort of daily in Russian medias accusing Ukrainians to be “satanists” to be fought by the Russian troops, and even depicts us as “cannibals”, praising the Russian authorities for the holy combat they’re conducting in our territories. He even justified publicly the Russian invasion in Ukraine with these phrases: “Any illness have to be cured, and, alas, if an individual has gangrene, it’s a must to take away its hand, and resort to surgical strategies.”

FECRIS affiliation “the Saratov department of the Middle for Spiritual Research”, positioned in Saratov, simply after the start of the struggle, revealed a name to denunciate to them any “provocateur” that will fake that Russia triggered struggle, or had been advocating for peace, in order that they might liaise with Russian legislation enforcement companies to maintain them.

These are solely few examples amongst dozens which have been documented.

Now, FECRIS took off their web site the names of their Russian associations and are pretending that the truth is they’d assist Ukraine. They don’t and people are false pretenses. Actually, per the final paperwork that they filed to the French authorities, Alexander Dvorkin remains to be a member of their board of administration. They by no means distanced themselves from the actions of their Russian members. They by no means publicly sanctioned Alexander Dvorkin or different Russian members for the evil acts they dedicated not too long ago and through these final years. To the alternative they supported them no matter they had been doing. Now they are saying on their web site that in addition they have Ukrainian branches as proof that they’d not assist the Kremlin propaganda. What they forgot to say, is that they’ve two associations members of FECRIS in Ukraine, one in all them being pro-Russian, and the opposite one being inactive for a decade whereas it’s well-known for its discriminatory statements towards minority religions, and it by no means publicly distanced itself from the Russian FECRIS.

Moreover, in keeping with stories revealed by Chinese language official sources, as late as July 15, 2022, FECRIS’ treasurer Didier Pachoud and his FECRIS affiliate group GEMPPI hosted in a convention in Paris Roman Silantyev, one of many Russian anti-cultists who declare that Ukrainian leaders are impressed by “occult and pagan” ideologies, and infiltrate “Satanists” into Russia for functions of sabotage and terrorism.

That’s the reason we respectfully ask you to guarantee that France stops funding such an affiliation which is an enemy of the West and democracy and has labored hand in hand with the Russian authorities towards Ukraine. We hope that you’ll take this letter critically and can contemplate its deserves. It’d look unimportant, nevertheless it’s vital to understand that Vladimir Putin has now adopted FECRIS theories accusing the West of “Satanism”, and that they’re a part of his state propaganda equipment.

Thanks very a lot to your assistance on this vital matter.

Respectfully,

Anatoly Kolodny

President of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Physician of Philosophy, Professor, Chief Scientific Officer, Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy, NASU (Nationwide Academy of Science of Ukraine)

Lyudmila Filipovych

Vice-president of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Physician of Philosophy, professor, head of the Division of Philosophy and Historical past of Faith, Institute of Philosophy, NASU

Alexander Sagan

Vice-President of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Physician of Philosophy, Professor, Head of the Division of Spiritual Research of the Institute of Philosophy of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Petro Yarotskyi

Physician of Philosophy, professor, main scientist. Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy, NASU

Alla Aristova

Physician of Philosophy, professor, Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy, NASU

Vita Tytarenko

Physician of Philosophy, professor, Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy, NASU

Pavlo Pavlenko

Physician of Philosophy, professor, Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy, NASU

Oleg Buchma

Ph.D., Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Dmytro Bazik

Ph.D., Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Anna Kulagina

Ph.D., Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Gorkusha Oksana

Ph.D., Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Serhii Zdioruk

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, head of division Institute of Strategic Research below the President of Ukraine

Viktor Yelenskyi

Physician of Philosophy, professor, head of the scientific division of the Institute of Ethnopolitics of NASU

Oleksandr Utkin

Physician of Historical past, Prof.

Petro Mazur

Ph.D. Physician of Medication, director of the Kremenets Medical Faculty

Leonid Vyhovskyi

Physician of Philosophy, head of division of philosophy, Khmelnytskyi College of Administration and Legislation, head of the UAR of Khmelnytskyi (Ukrainian Academy of Spiritual Research)

Vitaly Dokash

Physician of Philosophy, professor, head of UAR Chernivtsi.

Eduard Martyniuk

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, Assoc. professor, ONU (Odesa Nationwide College)

Tetiana Gavrylyuk

Physician of Philosophy, Academy of Statistics

Vitaliy Matveev

Physician of Philosophy, head of division, College of Bioresources

Ella Bystrytska

Physician of Science, professor, head of the division, Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk Nationwide Pedagogical College

Olena Nikitchenko

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, Affiliate Professor, Odesa Academy

Volodymyr Lubsky

Physician of Philosophy, prof.

Tatyana Gorbachenko

Physician of Philosophy, prof.

Ihor Kozlovsky

Ph.D. Physician of sciences, affiliate professor of science, Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Lesya Skubko

Member of UARR

Iryna Fenno

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, Assoc. prof. of non secular research of KNU (Kiev Nationwide College)

Iryna Klimuk

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophical Sciences

Nadia Stokolos

Dr. Physician of Historical past, Prof.

Olga Gold

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, Assoc., Odesa

Mykhailo Murashkin

Dr. Ph.D., prof. Dnipro, Academy of the Ministry of Inside Affairs, head of the UAR of the Dnipro Oblast

Evgeny Kononenko

Division of Spiritual Research, Institute of Philosophy of the Nationwide Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Oksana Vynnychenko

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, USA

Serhiy Prysukhin

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, prof. KPBA (Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy)

Hanna Tregub

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, journalist

Ageev Vyacheslav

Co-founder of the Workshop for the Tutorial Research of Faith (WASR)

Alla Kiridon

Physician of science, professor, director of VUE (the Nice Ukrainian Encyclopedia, State establishment)

Taras Bednarchyk

Ph.D., affiliate professor, Vinnytsia Medical College

Ruslana Martych

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, affiliate professor, KU Grinchenko (Borys Hrinchenko Kyiv College)

Oleksandr Horban

Ph.D., prof. KU Grinchenko (Borys Hrinchenko Kyiv College)

Maria Bardyn

Physician of Philosophical Sciences, Division of Faith, Kyiv Area.

Volodymyr Verbytskyi

Physician of Philosophy, KNU (Kiev Nationwide College)

Alyona Leshchenko

Physician of Philosophy, prof. Kherson College

George Pankov

Physician of Philosophy, professor, Kharkiv Nationwide College

Victoria Lyubashchenko

Prof. UKU (Ukrainian Catholic College)

Dmytro Gorevoy

Director of the Middle for Spiritual Safety NGO. Head of initiatives and applications of the Institute of Faith and Society of the Ukrainian Catholic College.

Yaroslav Yuvsechko

Physician of Philosophy, Affiliate Professor, Khmelnytskyi College

Serhiy Geraskov

Ph.D. philos., Kyiv

Ivan Mozgovyi

Physician of Philosophy, professor, Sumy

Yury Vilkhovy

Ph.D. Historical past, Related professor, Poltava Pedagogical College

Olga Dobrodum

Physician of Philosophy, professor on the College of Bioresources

Mentioned Ismagilov

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, former mufti of the “UMMA” Council

Yury Kovalenko

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, Rector of the Open Orthodox College

Roman Nazarenko

Ph.D., UKU (Ukrainian Catholic College)

Oleg Sokolovsky

Physician of Philosophy, prof., Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State College

Oleg Yarosh

Ph.D., NASU, Kyiv

Maxim Doychik

Physician of Philosophy, head division of philosophy of the Carpathian Nationwide College (Ivano-Frankivsk)

Yuriy Boreyko

Physician of Philosophy, head division Japanese Europe College named after L. Ukrainki (Lutsk)

Olga Borisova

Physician of Historical past, Professor, Kharkiv Institute of Tradition

Alexander Lakhno

Ph.D. historical past of sciences, vice-rector of the Poltava Pedagogical College

Larisa Vladychenko

Dr. Ph.D., prof., head Division Secretariat of the Cupboard of Ministers

Serhiy Shumylo

Physician of Historical past, director of the Athos Heritage Institute

Vadim Sliusar

Physician in Politics. Prof. Zhytomyr

Vasyl Popovych

Dr. Physician of Philosophy, professor, Zaporizhzhia

Mykola Kozlovets

Dr. Physician of Philosophy, prof., Zhytomyr

Nadiya Volik

Physician of Historical past, affiliate professor, Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk Nationwide Pedagogical College

Yulia Shabanova

Physician of Philosophy, Prof. Head of the Division of Philosophy and Pedagogy of the Nationwide Mining College “Dniprov Polytechnic”

Pavlo Yamchuk

Physician of Philosophy, Prof., Uman Nationwide College, College of Horticulture

Maxim Vasin

Bachelor of Legal guidelines, government Director of the IRS (Institute of Spiritual Freedom)

Nadia Rusko

Ph.D. Physician of Philosophy, Affiliate Professor of the Division of Social Sciences, Ivano-Frankivsk Nationwide Technical College of Oil and Gasoline

Andriy Tyshchenko

Physician of Philosophy, Kharkiv

Volodymyr Popov

Physician of Philosophy, Professor, Donetsk College, Vinnytsia

Lyudmila Babenko

Physician of Historical past, Prof. Poltava Pedagogical College

Oleksandra Kovalenko

Kyiv, Open Orthodox College

Natalya Pavlyk

Institute of Pedagogical Schooling of NASU

Ruslan Khalikov

Ph.D. in spiritual research, member of UARR (Ukrainian Affiliation of Spiritual Research), WASR (Workshop for the Tutorial Research of Religions), writer.

Vitalii Shchepanskyi

Ph.D. in spiritual research, member of WASR.

Anton Leshchynskyi 

MA in spiritual research, member of WASR.

Ihor Kolesnyk

PhD, assistant professor, Ivan Franko Nationwide College of Lviv

Uliana Sevastianiv

Ph. D. in spiritual research, member of WASR, lecturer of the Stepan Gzhytskyi Nationwide College of Veterinary Medication and Biotechnology of Lviv

Oleg Kyselov

Ph.D. in spiritual research, member of WASRr and UARR, Senior Researcher, Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, NASU.

Olena Mishalova

Ph.D. in social philosophy and philosophy of historical past, member of WASR, affiliate professor, Kryvyi Rih State Pedagogical College.

Olha Mukha

Ph.D. in philosophy, member of WASR, Head of Instructional and Informational Division of Memorial Museum “Territory of Terror”

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