Our first episode is on the successful campaign by the recent president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, to create a Ukrainian Orthodox Church independent from the Moscow Patriarchate. This religious nationalism formed a major plank of his platform for re election. However, in the 2019 elections, Poroshenko lost in a landslide to Volodymyr Zelensky, an actor who had previously impersonated him on a Ukrainian comedy show.

Joining the program to explain the Church Poroshenko helped create, why it failed him politically, and its continuing implications for geopolitics in Eastern Europe, is Dr. Gene Lemcio, Affiliated Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the UW, Professor Emeritus at Seattle Pacific University, and Advisor to the Honorary Consulate of the Government of Ukraine in Seattle.


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