The Ecumenical Patriarchate did not recognize the canonical anathema that was imposed on the Ukrainian Hetman Ivan Mazepa by the Russian Orthodox Church, writes UNIAN.
This was stated in an interview with the “Glavkom” by the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Archbishop of Telmeniy Iov (Hecha). According to him, it was imposed on the hetman for political reasons. “Despite the impossibility of non-canonical anathetics by Hetman Mazepa by the Russian Church, the representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate did not recognize it, because it was imposed on political motives as a means of political and ideological repression and had no religious, theological or canonical reasons”, he said.
Archbishop Iov explained that after the first destruction by the Russian troops of the Zaporozhian Sich in 1709, the Ukrainian Cossacks, who went under the protectorate of the Crimean Khan, returned under the jurisdiction of the Constantinople Patriarchate, and Mazepa, together with Philip Orlyk, were among the first to do so.