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On January 29, 2016, a regular meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in unity with the Moscow Patriarchate (UPC MP) was held on the territory of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Onufry (Berezovsky) of Kyiv and All Ukraine. Journal No. 11 of this meeting recorded a response to the report of Metropolitan Lazar (Svets) of Simferopol and Crimea, who was present at the event, on the appointment of a vicar bishop of the Simferopol and Crimea diocese. Archimandrite Kalinikus (Chernyshov) was appointed to occupy this position, the place of betrothal and ordination of the bishop was left to the discretion of Metropolitan Onufriy. This decision caused a public outcry – and it is not surprising, given some controversial points in the biography of the appointed future bishop.
Kostyantyn Valeriyovych Chernyshov was born on June 22, 1977 in Yevpatoria in a working-class family. In 1984–1994, he studied at city school No. 12. In 1991, he became an altar boy in the local church of the Russian Orthodox Church in the name of Prophet Ilya, and in 1993 he became a senior altar boy in the nearby Mykylsky Cathedral. Since 1996, he has been teaching the Old Testament in the Yevpatoria deaconry of the Simferopol and Crimean eparchy of the UOC MP. In 2000, he entered the Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs, majoring in “Jurisprudence”. In 2004, apparently still being a student of a secular educational institution and not having any spiritual rank, by order of Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol and Crimea, he was appointed head of the hermitage in the name of the apostle and evangelist Luke in the Bakhchisaray district, on the site of the ancient Greek village of Laki, in 1940 In the 1950s, it was destroyed twice – first by the German, and then by the Soviet invaders. Kostyantyn Chernyshov graduated from the university as a spiritual person: in May 2005, Metropolitan Lazar ordained him a deacon, and in July of the following year – a priest. In 2008, Father Konstantin took monastic vows, receiving a new name, by which he is currently known – Kalinik, in honor of one of the canonized Patriarchs of Constantinople. In the same year, he was appointed abbot of the Church of the Nativity of the Prophet Ivan the Baptist in the village of Uyutne, Saksky District – which in 2014 will appear in one of the scandals with Father Kalinik. In 2009, the Crimean monk graduated from the East Ukrainian National University named after V. Dalyaz with a degree in “Economics”, and at the end of the fall of the same year, according to the decision of the Synod of the UOC MP, he was appointed the vicar of the men’s monastery in the name of the apostle and evangelist Luke in the place where the village of Laki existed .
Since 2009, Father Kalinik, who at that time had diplomas from two secular higher educational institutions, taught the Old Testament at the Taurian Theological Seminary. In April 2009, he was awarded a special priestly honor – a bib, given as a reward for zealous and long service. In 2010, the Yevpatorian hieromonk was awarded the pectoral cross and was appointed deacon of the monasteries of the Simferopol and Crimean eparchy of the UOC MP, being the vicar of several of them – in particular, the St. George Men’s Monastery on Cape Fiolent near Sevastopol and the already mentioned monastery in the name of the Apostle Luke in Bakhchisarai district.
In April 2012, the now deceased Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Volodymyr (Sabodan) awarded Father Kalinik with another priestly honor – a stick. In the same year, he graduated from the Odessa Theological Seminary, where eyewitnesses described him as a “very obscene person” who “was not distinguished by a sharp mind and intelligence”, but had the ability to “oscillate along with the party line”. In the biography of the Crimean hieromonk, the Uzhhorod Theological Academy named after Cyril and Methodius – but not too often: apparently, because of rumors about receiving a diploma through corruption. In which of the mentioned two institutions did Mr. Chernyshov get his master’s degree in theology is also unclear.
In September 2012, Father Kalinik was appointed a priest of the Taurian Theological Seminary and head of one of its classes. He did not stay in this position for a long time – according to unconfirmed information, allegedly due to a “sexual” scandal, due to accusations of rape of one of the seminarians. At the same time, rumors about Mr. Chernyshov’s alleged propensity for same-sex relationships, which are unacceptable for the Christian faith, began to surface, spreading in his native Yevpatoria as early as the 1990s. At the same time, in the spring of 2013, the deacon of the monasteries of the Simferopol and Crimean dioceses of the UOC MP was elevated to the rank of archimandrite – with the blessing of Metropolitan Volodymyr. In exactly one year, the waves of the Russian occupation of Crimea will carry the Crimean “highly worthy” priest to their crests.
On May 3, 2014, on Theater Square in the center of Yevpatoria, a “solemn award ceremony was held for 144 brave defenders of the homeland – soldiers of the local detachment of the people’s militia of the Republic of Crimea”, as well as civilians who “actively helped the forces of resistance to neo-Nazism”. Among the latter was Archimandrite Kalinik, whom the leaders of the Crimean “people’s militia” praised for “spiritual support and pastoral care, which the soldiers especially needed in this historical period.” Until now, you can come across photos from that event on the Internet, where Archimandrite Kalinik with a “St. George’s” ribbon on his cassock above a medal similar to the award “For the Defense of Crimea” introduced by the occupiers in 2014, smiling broadly, holding a certificate of gratitude issued to him by his superior of the Crimean “militias” by Mykhailo Sheremet, whom the occupiers eventually made a “deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the Republic of Crimea.”
According to the information that was actively spread on the network after that, Father Kalinik’s “spiritual support” of the Crimean separatists consisted in the fact that in the spring of 2014 he conducted anti-Ukrainian agitation and located a weapons depot for “self-defense” on the territory of the Church of the Nativity of the Prophet Ivan the Baptist in the village Cozy Saksky district, of which he was the abbot. The archimandrite himself distanced himself from these accusations, calling them “complete lies and nonsense” and assuring that his parishioners “did not go around with weapons” – because there was no armed coup as such in Crimea. Commenting on the data about his sermons in 2011-2013 as “completely pro-Ukrainian” and in support of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian church, he assured that he had never delivered either pro-Ukrainian or pro-Russian sermons, since the sermon “must be outside of politics and nationality”, so he “always called for peace and tolerance towards each other.” At the same time, it is not possible to document the fact that father Kalinik received the occupation medal “For the defense of Crimea” under number 4536: he is not included in the “official” lists of owners of this award. However, this can be explained by the fact that the first “medals” were “illegitimate public awards”. Kalinik himself stated that he was not awarded this “medal” because he “did not take any part in anything” – especially since the Crimean priests of the UOC MP, according to him, “prayed for the congregation, and did not take one of the sides.” In addition, Crimean insiders reported that the archimandrite has a “rather indirect relationship” with the local “militia” – the Crimean separatists did have a cell at the church where Father Kalinik was the abbot, but their priest was the previous abbot, who at that time served in that church as the second priest.
Nevertheless, after the Russian occupation of Crimea, Kostyantyn-Kalinik Chernyshov was one of the first residents of Yevpatoria to receive a fake “passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation”. If the photo of this “document” on the Ukrainian website “Myrotvorets”, which publishes the data of Ukrainian traitors and collaborators, is authentic, then the “passport” was issued on March 20, 2014, just a couple of days after the president of the occupying power, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow The Kremlin signed the “Agreement on the Admission of the Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol to the Russian Federation” with its Crimean puppets Serhiy Aksyonov, Volodymyr Konstantinov and Oleksiy Chaly, and on the day of the “ratification” of this “agreement” by the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
At the beginning of October 2014, the deacon of the monasteries of the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC MP, with the blessing of Metropolitan Lazar, took part in the organization of training monks in the “Census of Population in the Crimean Federal District” procedure.
In April 2015, Metropolitan Onufry of Kyiv and All Ukraine awarded Archimandrite Kalinik with the right to wear a second cross. At the end of the summer of the same 2015, he was appointed governor of two more men’s monasteries – St. Klimentovsky in Inkerman and Novospassky in the village of Ternivka: both territorially belong to Sevastopol.
At the beginning of 2016, Metropolitan Onufriy made a statement that the UOC MP is “the only church that did not divide Ukraine and keeps Crimea and Donbas under its authority”; at the same time, he accused the representatives of the Ukrainian government and society of having “divided Ukraine” and “brought it to such a state that the Crimea fell away, and the East breathes incense” – while the UOC MP “does everything to preserve the integrity of Ukraine “. However, within a few weeks, he blessed the appointment of the scandalous Archimandrite Kalinik as the Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Simferopol and Crimea, who simply cannot be counted among the persons who would unite the occupied Crimea with free Ukraine. However, they were afraid to take the newly appointed bishop to Kyiv for episcopal ordination at that time – not least because of the reaction of the public, outraged by the fact that the UOC MP was going to elevate a “separatist” monk to a high rank. The Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC MP was forced to react to these accusations, which issued a statement that Archimandrite Kalinik “in accordance with the principles of the social concept of our holy mother church did not participate in either political or campaigning activities” and in accordance with the blessing of the clergy “called on the flock to mutual respect, peace and harmony, as well as the inadmissibility of any violence towards each other”, and the information about the location of his weapons warehouse on the territory of the temple in Uyutny “does not correspond to reality”.
On September 22, 2016, Archimandrite Kalinik took another step towards the “unification of Crimea with Ukraine” – by participating in the Meeting of Abbots and Abbesses of the Russian Orthodox Church, which took place in the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow under the chairmanship of Russian Patriarch Kirill. At this event, the Crimean delegate made a speech on the topic “Transmission of Sviatokira traditions through the monasteries of the Crimea in the 14th century to Holy Russia.”
In April 2017, Archimandrite Kalinik received the Order of St. Volodymyr III degree from Metropolitan Onufriy, and at the beginning of December of the same year – the Jubilee Medal of the Russian Orthodox Church in honor of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the Patriarchate in this church from its head, Patriarch Kirill. In 2018, Archimandrite Kalinik was awarded the Order of St. Volodymyr II degree by Metropolitan Onufriy
On December 8, 2019, Metropolitan Onufriy consecrated Archimandrite Kalinik as the bishop of Bakhchisarai, vicar of the Simferopol and Crimean dioceses of the UOC MP – however, not in Kyiv, as usual, but in the Mykolaiv Cathedral of the UOC MP in Nizhyn, Chernihiv Oblast, early in the morning, without prior announcement and without being present journalists and other “unwanted witnesses”.
On July 26, 2020, on the day of the Russian Navy, Bishop Kalinik, in cooperation with the clergy of the Sevastopol deanery of the UOC MP, led a thanksgiving prayer in the garrison church of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in the name of Archstrategist Michael. On that day, he headed a “delegation” from the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC MP together with another “honored guest” – Archbishop of Elistyn and Kalmyk Justinian (Ovchynnikov). In particular, the “delegation” included priests of the Sevastopol deaconry of the UOC MP, who “spiritually take care” of the employees of units and warships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation with the blessing of Metropolitan Lazar. In general, Bishop Kalinik had a very strange relationship with Archbishop Justinian that year. At the end of winter, the Vicar of the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Ukraine, at the head of a delegation from the diocese, visited Elista, the main city of Kalmykia, where he took part in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Elistyn and Kalmyk Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church and in the round table “Territory of modern Kalmykia in the context of the history of the spread of Christianity in Crimea and on the Lower Volga”, where he gave a speech on the topic “The history of the veneration of St. Clement of Rome in Russia”. On February 27, Archbishop Justinian of Elistin and Kalmyk, in cooperation with Bishop Kalinik of Bakhchysarai and the clergy of the Elistin Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Ukraine, celebrated the liturgy in the lower church of the cathedral in the name of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Elist, which was under construction. Before the divine service, there was a solemn meeting of the ark with the relics of St. Clement of Rome, which, with the blessing of Metropolitan Lazar, was delivered by Bishop Kalinik with the assistance of the Sevastopol NGO “The Legacy of St. in Western European countries. At the same time, Bishop Kalinik received a medal from Archbishop Justinian “For work for the good of the Elistyn Diocese” and declared that between Crimea and Kalmykia there is a “spiritual bond that cannot be broken.”
On January 30, 2021, the small missile ship “Grayvoron” with the Kalibr-NK missile complex – which is currently involved in the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine – was accepted into the composition of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in occupied Sevastopol. Bishop Kalinik of Bakhchisarai took part in the solemn ceremony of raising the St. Andrew’s flag on the new ship, with the blessing of Metropolitan Lazar, together with the clergy of the Sevastopol deaconry of the UOC MP. Other guests of honor at this event were the Chief of the Main Staff of the Russian Navy, Admiral Oleksandr Vitko, the Commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, Vice-Admiral Igor Osypov, the “Governor of Sevastopol” Mykhailo Razvozhaev, the “Chairman of the Parliament of Sevastopol” Volodymyr Nemtsev, and the Bishop of Gubkinsky and Graivoronsk Russian Orthodox Church Sofroniy (Kytaev). Prior to that, Bishop Kalinik, in cooperation with the deacon of the Sevastopol District of the UOC MP, Archpriest Serhiy Khalyuta, and the military clergy that cares for the soldiers of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, as well as with the participation of the aforementioned Bishop Sophronius, consecrated the Andriiv naval flag for the new ship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation “Grayvoron”. Congratulating the commander of the ship Hleb Kazakov on this “important event”, the vicar of the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC MP delivered a speech in which he said the following: “Today we consecrated the flag that will rise above the new ship that will join the ranks of the glorious Black Sea Fleet. Throughout history, the Orthodox Church has always prayed to God to grant peace to our God-protected homeland. But peace is possible only under one condition – when there are courageous people in the homeland who are ready to give their lives for their friends and loved ones, according to the word of the Lord. Only then will all the enemies of our homeland and our holy Orthodoxy understand and realize that if there is a courageous people in the country, who will not give up even an inch of their land, will not betray their ideas, their faith, will not leave their homes and families, only then will there be peace. I thank all sailors of the Black Sea Fleet, and especially the commander. I also congratulate the captain of the new ship with his appointment and responsibility. I wish that the service on this ship will be peaceful, peaceful, quiet, but with all this, that you will always be ready to repel any attempts to attack our holy homeland.”
On April 26, 2021, Bishop Kalinik, with the blessing of Metropolitan Lazar, in cooperation with the deacon of the Sevastopol District of the UOC MP, Archpriest Serhiy Khalyuta, consecrated a monument to the victims of the events of 1917-1921, which in Russia is called the “civil war” in occupied Sevastopol. It should be noted that the installation of this monument caused a mixed reaction from the public of the occupied peninsula. The “solemn ceremony” was also attended by: Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Russian Military Historical Society Volodymyr Medinsky, “Governor of Sevastopol” Mykhailo Razvozhaev, Commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation Vice Admiral Igor Osypov, deputies of the Russian State Duma and other “honored guests”.
Soon, on May 6, 2021, on the day of commemoration of the great martyr George the Victorious, Bishop Kalinik, in cooperation with the diocesan clergy, led a festive liturgy in the St. George Men’s Monastery near Cape Fiolent, at the end of which he addressed the congregation with a sermon that was more like a propaganda campaign . In particular, he expressed “great regret” over the fact that the miraculous image of George the Victorious, which, according to legends, appeared in a cave temple near modern Sevastopol, is “for now” in one of Kyiv’s museums. Bishop Bakhchysaraysky then demonstrated considerable historical knowledge, declaring that the Russian empress Catherine II in the 1780s “returned the Crimea to the Russian Empire” (!) – after which the “mother church” blessed the soldiers and sailors in these regions for the “protection of our homeland “, and also asked the Lord for the opportunity to see the glory of the monastery for “all of our Russia”. After that, the vicar of the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC MP noted that the Russian people, among whom he counts himself, especially honor George the Victorious – because “it was through his intercession in 1945 that we defeated Nazism, it was our soldiers with you – Orthodox Christians who freed the entire the world and our country”. “Our holy duty is to teach our children and grandchildren by the example of the exploits of our soldiers who protected the world from Nazism. Unfortunately, in the modern world they are trying to rewrite history, to diminish the glory of our soldiers and Russian weapons, but this is impossible, because in every Christian this memory lives among us, and will live as long as we exist among you and as long as the Orthodox Church lives. We will never forget the glory of our fathers and grandfathers, the victory of our people in the Great Patriotic War,” said Bishop Kalinik. Finally, he congratulated the congregation on the day of memory of St. George the Victorious and asked God to grant him a peaceful sky with his prayers, so that “no enemy encroaches on our land and holy Orthodoxy”, and also to grant peace to the “Orthodox Church, the Orthodox State, to our holy land with you.”
At the beginning of June 2021, Bishop Bronnytskyi Savatii (Zagrebelny; recently Bishop of Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan), who at the time headed the Synodal Department of the Russian Orthodox Church for interaction with the armed forces and law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation and was vicar of the Patriarch of Moscow, arrived in occupied Crimea on a “working visit” Cyril In particular, in Crimea, he had, among other things, meetings with the leaders of the occupation forces. In Simferopol, Bishop Savatii held a meeting, which was attended by assistant deacons of the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Ukraine on cooperation with the armed forces and law enforcement agencies of the occupying state (among them – Archpriest Dimitry Krotkov, the head of the diocese’s department for cooperation with law enforcement agencies), as well as the vicar Bishop Kalinik of Bakhchisarai diocese.
On July 25, 2021, another parade to the day of the Russian Navy took place in Sevastopol, which was led by the commander of the surface ship division of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, Captain 1st Rank Serhiy Tronev, and which was hosted by the commander of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation, Army General Oleksandr Dvornikov and the commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, Admiral Igor Osypov. Traditionally, with the blessing of Metropolitan Lazar, archpriest Serhii Khalyuta and bishop Kalinik of Bakhchisarai became the deacon of the Sevastopol district of the UOC MP. The latter that day in the garrison church of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation led a thanksgiving prayer in the name of Archstrategist Mykhailo in the co-service of Serhii Khalyuta and the clergy of the Sevastopol deanery. In addition to Igor Osypov, Volodymyr Nemtsev, the head of the legislative assembly of Sevastopol, and cadets of the Black Sea Higher Naval School named after P. S. Nakhimov” and officers of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Prayers were offered to God for blessing and help to “Russian military, leaders and Orthodox soldiers”. At the end of the service, Bishop Kalinik addressed the audience, noting that “our state is celebrating a great day” and that a peaceful and clear sky is impossible without an army and a navy: this, according to the Crimean bishop, “was shown and proved by the recent events near Cape Fiolent” – when, at the end of June 2021, the British destroyer “Defender” during the transition from Odesa to Batumi went 3 km into the 12-mile zone off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula and did not change course after the Russian patrol ship reported that it had entered “Russian territorial waters”; the military command of the occupying power stated that the watchman opened warning fire, and the Su-24M bomber dropped bombs on the course of the British ship. “We must be ready to repel any provocations that the enemies of our homeland are trying to arrange. It is the forces of the navy of our homeland that protect our borders and our great state. Dear fellow officers, sailors, dear comrade commander! Please accept my sincere congratulations on Navy Day. May the Lord grant you courage, strength and health. And remember that the Lord never leaves his people. Pray to God, and the Lord will arrange both your life and the life of our homeland. With the world! May God protect you!” – said Bishop Kalinik, congratulating the occupation troops.
On the same day, July 25, 2021, Bishop Kalinik of Bakhchisarai took part in another pseudo-Christian propaganda action – in the meeting in occupied Sevastopol of the relics of the “holy pious great” Prince Alexander Nevsky, which were carried around the cities of Russia, the Crimea occupied by it, as well as Belarus from 12 from June to August 14 with the blessing of the Moscow Patriarch Kirill and with the organizational support of the Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Volodymyr Charitable Fund. The meeting of the relics of Alexander Nevsky, which were ceremoniously brought to the St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Chersonese, was attended by “Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Sevastopol” Volodymyr Nemtsev, “Senator of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation from Sevastopol” Kateryna Altabayeva, “Deputy Governor of Sevastopol” Igor Mikheev, Sevastopol clergy deacons headed by Archpriest Serhii Khalyuta, sailors of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation headed by Admiral Igor Osipov, employees of the occupation department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and others. At the end of the service, Bishop Kalinik in his sermon told the audience about the “inevitable glory” of Alexander Nevsky, whom he called the “defender and patron of the Russian land”, and called on the representatives of the occupying military contingent to follow the example of the “holy pious” prince in his desire to “protect the Russian land, armed with God’s help.”
In mid-September 2021, in the St. Clement’s Monastery in Inkerman, of which he is the vicar, Bishop Kalinik, together with the deacon of the Sevastopol District of the UOC MP, Archpriest Serhii Khalyuta, met Schiarchimandrite Ilya (Nozdrin), who is the personal clergyman of Moscow Patriarch Kirill, and invited him to examine ” the oldest shrine of the Russian Church” – an ancient cave monastery founded in ancient times, when there was no question of any Russia, let alone its church. It should be remembered that as early as the beginning of 2016, the schiarchimandrite Ilyi called Ukraine “Little Russia” and “the western border of our Russia”, and the occupied Crimea – “a true part of our Russia”, which, as it were, “without thinking, the traitor Khrushchev gave to Ukraine” and which Russia in In 2014, she “returned”. “Crimea has always been Russian. A sea of Russian blood was spilled there,” the Russian old man said at the time.
On November 22, 2021, Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol and Crimea and his vicars – Bishop Nestor of Yalta and Bishop Kalinik of Bakhchisarai “filially” congratulated Moscow Patriarch Kirill on his 75th birthday and also “filially” asked for his “holy” prayers as “humble followers of his Holiness”.
On December 15, 2021, during the regular “parliamentary meetings” held in the “State Council of the Republic of Crimea” as part of the “regional stage” of the Russian XXX International Christmas educational readings “To the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter I: secular world and religiosity”, the bishop Kalinik of Bakhchysaray received from the “Chairman of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea” Volodymyr Konstantinov a “Certificate of the Presidium of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea” for “a great personal contribution to the preservation of spiritual and moral values, strengthening of interfaith peace and charitable activities” and in turn presented him with a jubilee medal with the blessing of Metropolitan Lazar The Russian Orthodox Church “In memory of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the patriarchate” from Moscow Patriarch Kirill, and also distributed to some Crimean “statesmen” and teachers the jubilee medal of the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese in honor of the 800th anniversary of the birth of the “holy” Russian prince Alexander Nevsky. The “speaker” of the Crimean “state council” himself noted at the time that during “parliamentary meetings” the leading topical problems of preserving and multiplying the Russian spiritual heritage, as well as educating the Crimean youth in the spirit of Russian patriotism and civic consciousness, are usually discussed, and he assured that the Crimean “Parliament” will continue to pay special attention to joint work with the Russian Orthodox Church and other “traditional” denominations in the field of “supporting patriotic and spiritual education of youth, preservation of historical memory and moral values.”
It was also reported that in 2021, Bishop Kalinik received the order of St. Luke of Crimea and the jubilee medal “50 years of autonomy of the Japanese Orthodox Church.”
On January 9, 2022, during the divine service in the church in honor of the icon of the Mother of God “Feodorovskaya” in Bakhchisarai, Bishop Kalinik conducted a service with the participation of the deacon of the Bakhchisarai district, Archpriest Pyotr Tchaikovsky, during which, with the blessing of Metropolitan Lazar, he solemnly awarded the order of St. Luke of Crimea and the memory of medal in honor of the 800th anniversary of the birthday of Boris Korchevnikov, the general director of the Russian Orthodox TV channel “Spas”, who illegally arrived in occupied Crimea as part of a “friendly visit” to the monastery of Saints Kuzma and Demyan, of which he is a member of the board of trustees. to note that questions should arise in the Ukrainian justice system about Mr. Korchevnikov, as well as about the “holy fathers” Chernyshov and Tchaikovsky. The former film actor and TV presenter, and now one of the leading figures of Russian agitprop under the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church, on April 22, 2014, in accordance with the unpublished decree of Vladimir Putin under No. 269, according to which several hundred Russian propagandists were awarded for media support of the Russian occupation of Crimea, received a medal of the Order “For services to the Motherland” of the 1st degree for “high professionalism and objectivity in the coverage of events in the Republic of Crimea”, and in September of the same year he was included in the sanctions list by the Ukrainian authorities both because of his illegal visit to the occupied Crimea and because of his anti-Ukrainian speeches on on Russian television. In January 2018, Korchevnikov was registered as Putin’s proxy in the Russian presidential elections held on March 18, and on June 28, 2019, he was included by Putin in the People’s Chamber of the Russian Federation. In October 2019, Korchevnikov, as a “church representative”, at the invitation of the scandalous non-factional People’s Deputy Andrii Derkach, unexpectedly arrived in Kyiv and attended the Orthodox film festival “Pokrov”, where friendship with Russia was promoted and at which he received an award, and also visited Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra, the restoration of two churches of which he contributed to, and in some other monasteries of the UOC MP. The SBU only shrugged their shoulders – they say that we do not have data on his actions to the detriment of national security, and the criminal proceedings against him were closed back in April on the basis of the lack of a criminal offense, and who knows whether he was ever banned from entering of Ukraine. Within a year, Korchevnikov again arrived in Kyiv at the invitation of Oksana Marchenko, the wife of another odious politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who is currently under arrest on charges of treason.
At the end of the winter of 2022, the Russian Federation, which had occupied the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol since 2014, as well as certain regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, launched a full-scale military aggression against our country, calling it a special operation for demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine”. On February 27, Bishop Kalinik of Bakhchysarai, who had previously blessed the Russian occupation contingent on the Crimean peninsula for the “protection of the motherland”, reacted unexpectedly to this terrible event: during the liturgy in the cathedral of the UOC MP in honor of Alexander Nevsky in Simferopol, he made a special request for peace in Ukraine , and at the end of the service he addressed the faithful with a sermon, calling the military actions of the Russian Federation against Ukraine “a great tragedy, when brotherly peoples kill each other, when Christian blood is shed, when a Christian raises a weapon against a Christian”, and added that any war has no justification, and also asked the parishioners “not to have cruel hearts.”
However, in exactly three months, Bishop Kalinik became a participant in the events that can be considered as the final formalization of the Russian spiritual annexation of Crimea. On May 27, he was included in the delegation of the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Russian Orthodox Church, which took part in the cathedral of this church via video link, during which amendments were proposed to the charter of its management with the aim of establishing at least declarative independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. The entire Crimean delegation voted against this move and declared that the diocese remains “under the omophorion of the Most Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.” Since then, Bishop Kalinik has been extremely active in the media as an invited expert on the Russian and Crimean mass media controlled by the occupiers. In particular, for several days he made statements on TV screens in which he assured that the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC MP “has always been under the omophorion of the Most Holy Patriarch [of Moscow] “, demonstratively rejoiced at the “liberation” of the occupied Crimea from “Ukrainian annexation”, at the same time calling Ukraine “brotherly”, and its citizens – a “one nation” with the Russians, whose imaginary “unity” is allegedly “trying to be destroyed by hostile forces from the outside”.
On June 7, 2022, the Russian Orthodox Church announced the withdrawal of three Crimean dioceses from the UOC MP and the establishment on their basis of the “Crimean Metropolis” headed by Metropolitan Lazar. Bishop Kalinik of Bakhchisarai was again invited to demonstrate his loyal reaction to the Russian mass media, who called this event “historic” and one that “put everything in its place”, and on behalf of all Orthodox residents of the Crimean peninsula occupied by the Russian Federation, he thanked the “head of our church”, Patriarch Moscow Kirill “for a wise decision”.
On May 5, 2022, Bishop Kalinik of Bakhchisarai became the guest of honor at the opening of the occupation police department in Inkerman, which was also attended by the “Chief of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Sevastopol” Police Major General Pavlo Gishchenko, “Governor of Sevastopol” Mykhailo Razvozhaev, former head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Sevastopol, General -retired police major Oleksandr Goncharov, “head of Inkerman” Rodion Demchenko, “member of the public council under the Ministry of Internal Affairs” Natalya Tereshchenko, “head of the Air Force union” Oleksandr Konyushok and others. After congratulating the occupying “law enforcement officers”, Bishop Kalinik presented them with an icon of George the Victorious in honor of the “significant event”.
On May 17, 2022, in the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, as part of the 10th Parliamentary meetings, a round table was held on the topic “Interaction between the Russian Orthodox Church and the state in the field of social protection of the population: secular and religious dimensions”, which was attended by the vicar of the Simferopol and Crimean Diocese of the UOC MP, Bishop Bakhchisarai Kalinik. In particular, he boasted about the “help” that the diocese provides to people who were forced to leave or forcibly taken to the occupied Crimea from the southern regions of mainland Ukraine, destroyed and occupied by Russian troops. In particular, at that time, the diocese sent more than 150 tons of “humanitarian aid” to the Donetsk (in particular, Mariupol), Kherson, and Zaporizhia regions, which were received by more than 25,000 people, and equipped another “humanitarian convoy” with almost 20 tons – collected at the beginning of June in the St. Klimentovsky Men’s Monastery and consecrated by Bishop Kalinik. Among the problems of the refugees in Crimea, the bishop noted the lack of possibility to exchange hryvnias for rubles, difficulties with obtaining “registration cards” from the occupiers, as well as with employment and registering children for kindergartens, where they will be taught to love the “new homeland” from an early age. The Vicar of the Simferopol and Crimean Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Ukraine proposed to consider the possibility of monetary assistance from the occupying state to persons who volunteer to take in refugees, as well as to simplify the procedure for processing “documents” for refugees as much as possible and to make all stages of their receipt free of charge. In addition, Bishop Kalinik proposed to create “humanitarian aid centers” in the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions under Russian occupation.
We are waiting for new facts about the service of Bishop Kalinik of Bakhchisarai and the rest of the Crimean clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church to their “fatherland”, we promise to record them with further information to the relevant authorities, and we hope for a proper reaction.