This book investigates how the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine has affected the religious situation in these countries. It considers threats to and violations of religious freedom, including those arising in annexed Crimea and in the eastern part of Ukraine, where fighting between Ukrainian government forces and separatist paramilitary groups backed and controlled by Russia is still going on, as well as in Russia and Ukraine more generally. It also assesses the impact of the conflict on church-state relations and national religion policy in each country and explores the role religion has played in the military conflict and the ideology surrounding it, focusing especially on the role of the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches, as well as on the consequences for inter-church relations and dialogue.
1. Introduction. Part 1. Religion, politics and law. 2. Civil religion and religious freedom in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. 3. Dynamics of church-state relations in Ukraine and the military conflict with Russia: Political and legal aspects. 4. Come all ye faithful to the Russian World:Governmental and grass-roots spiritual discourse in the battle over Ukraine. 5. Alternative spiritualities in Russia during the conflict in Ukraine. 6. The United States International Religious Freedom Act, nonstate actors, and the Donbas crisis. Part 2. Impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on religious public life and communities. 7. Ukrainian churches and civil society in the Euromaidan and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict: A sociological analysis. 8. A spatial analysis of religious diversity and freedom in Ukraine after the Euromaidan. 9. Changes to religious life in Crimea since 2014. Part 3. The Russian-Ukrainian conflict and inter-Orthodox relations. 10. History, ecclesiology, canonicity, and power: Ukrainian and Russian Orthodoxy after the Euromaidan. 11. The cause of Ukrainian autocephaly. 12. Equivocal memory: What does the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate remember? Part 4. Interviews. 13. "The Orthodox identification of militants is an element of their understanding of the Russkiy mir": Interview with Dr. Ihor Kozlovsky. 14. "The militants used the Bibles to keep fires going and to cook food": Interview with Rev. Dr. Vitaly Sorokun. 15. Persecutions of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia: Interview with Maria Kravchenko. Index
This Series seeks to publish high quality monographs and edited volumes on religion, society and government in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet states by focusing primarily on three main themes: the history of churches and religions (including but not exclusively Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism) in relation to governing structures, social groupings and political power; the impact of intellectual ideas on religious structures and values; and the role of religions and faith-based communities in fostering national identities from the nineteenth century until today.
The Series aims to advance the latest research on these themes by exploring the multi-facets of religious mobilisation at local, national and supranational levels. It particularly welcomes studies which offer an interdisciplinary approach by drawing on the fields of history, politics, international relations, religious studies, theology, law, sociology, and anthropology.
Lucian Leustean is Reader in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom.