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The Moscow Patriarchate Church as an Instrument of Russian Soft Power in Ukraine

Victoria Hudson explores the extent to which the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate should be considered a tool of Russian “soft power” in Ukraine within the pre and post Maidan contexts. Ukraine’s churches played a significant role during the Euromaidan, and it is hypothesized that the capacity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate to act as a pro-Russian public opinion leader was constrained by the need to present itself an authentically Ukrainian church.

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