Recently President Yuschenko of Ukraine argued that the state archives should be opened to the public so that the citizens of Ukraine are fully made aware of the brutality of their Soviet history. Unfortunately, many people, particularly the old have had a hard time understanding how their families were wipped out by the Soviets and simply believe much of the old Sovie propaganda.
After President Yushchenko made his request to open the archives and make the people more aware of their past, it was the leader of the Orthodox Brotherhood of Ukraine (a largely Russian minority organization) which declared that the archives should not be opened and instead forever closed to the public. Shortly after this, the Moscow Patriarch awarded this 'Brotherhood' leader a medal for his outstanding services to the Muscovite Church.
Moscow's Patriarch wants the Soviet records closed forever.
The question is why when all other churches are asking that they be opened ???
Here is the news story:
oscow Patriarchate Honors Head of Ukraine Union of Orthodox Citizens
20.06.2007, [17:46] // Orthodox //
Moscow � On 18 June 2007, for his contribution to the church and on his 50th birthday, Valerii Kaurov, head of the Union of Orthodox Citizens of Ukraine (UOCU), was awarded the Order of Prince Danilo of Moscow of the 3rd degree by Metropolitan Kirill (Gundyaev) of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Kaurov is also head of the Odesa Region�s Orthodox-patriotic organization Single Fatherland.
Kaurov has headed the office of the UOCU since 2005. He is an initiator of the creation of the Conference of Russian Citizens of Ukraine, consisting of three all-Ukrainian Orthodox unions and 44 regional Russian and Orthodox organizations.
Metropolitan Kirill underlined that the work of Kaurov and his colleagues �is of great importance not only for Odesa and Ukraine but also for the whole church� since �he struggles to preserve its heritage.�
The head of the UOCU expressed his gratitude to Patriarch Alexis II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church and Metropolitan Kirill for their trust and the high church honor.
�We base our work on church canons. We not only protect the Russian language but also try to preserve and strengthen the long-lasting friendship between our brotherly nations,� said Kaurov.