Anti-Russia article published by Greek newspaper Kathimerini

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On January 28, 2020, the Greek newspaper Kathimerini published an interview with Alexandros Massavetas, the author of The Third Rome. Both the interview and the book are filled with false statements and absurd accusations against Russia.

Alexandros Massavetas wants Greek readers to understand “just how serious a geostrategic threat Russia poses.” For many centuries, Russia has been seeking to “undermine the power of Athens” and in doing so relied heavily on the Russian Orthodox Church. The accuser clearly has a sick mind, since he described Russia as an ominous force waging a hybrid war against Greece, manipulating the Greek public opinion in an extremely organised and skilful manner, corrupting influential commentators and blackmailing senior representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church. According to the author, the highest joint achievements that Greece and Russia treasure, as well as bilateral cultural and humanitarian events, including civic forums, festivals and military remembrance events are merely manifestations of outright subversion and interference by Moscow into Greece’s internal affairs.

Alexandros Massavetas went as far as equating the Russian Orthodox Church to radical Islamists arguing that there are Russian Orthodox churches that deny entry to women wearing trousers. He also openly contrasted Russia’s Orthodox tradition to that of Greece. At the same time, he said without any qualms that he could hardly be suspected to disdain towards the Russian Orthodox faith.

Alexandros Massavetas is neither a historian, nor a writer. All he does is writing tourist guides. There are media outlets in Greece that are willing to open their pages to people like him. Such people are ready to go to great lengths to tell outright lies to distort the history Russia shares with Greece, and to present it from a negative standpoint. By doing so, the Greek media once again demonstrate their loyalty to outside forces seeking to drive a wedge between Moscow and Athens.



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