Hackers from GRU was suspected of spying by the Holy fathers

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Russian hackers spy, which in the United States in absentia was charged with, tried to access private correspondence of high-ranking clerics. This writes the Associated Press on the results of its own investigation.

According to him, among the objectives was the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. It he has the right to grant autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which actively seeks it. The ROC’s position in this matter remains unchanged: Russia considers Kiev Patriarchate phenomenon of the split and still see only the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate.

As noted in the Agency’s report, Russian intelligence services in recent years tried to help the Russian Orthodox Church as the sudden separation would cause an unprecedented split. For this agents, in particular, sent letters fistingmovie entourage of Patriarch Bartholomew: he does not use email. The Russian Church of its complicity in such action denies.

AP also reports that the hackers Orthodox clergy is not limited. Surveillance is also conducted for Catholics, Muslims and Jews, including on the territory of Ukraine and the USA. Special attention was given to the Protestants, because there is a perception that they are associated with the American establishment.

The Agency points out that hacking attempts mailbox most actively conducted in 2015-2016 and continued in 2017. Among the latest examples was the letter sent in October last year, the top ten Orthodox figures claiming to be from the only appointed representative of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople. It contained a file with “suggestions on how to improve relations with the public and the press”, is actually installed on a computer malware.

Russia has repeatedly accused of meddling in the US presidential election, but Moscow denies the charges. July 13, us intelligence agencies presented correspondence charges of meddling in elections on 12 Russian military intelligence (Main Directorate of the General staff of the Russian armed forces, more commonly known as GRU). According to US intelligence, the Russian side used two hacker groups — Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear — for hacking the servers of the Democratic party.

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