The EU-Commission has given in to pressure from Hungary and has removed the Russian Patriarch Kirill from the list of persons to be sanctioned in the draft Sixth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to the war in Ukraine. While this exemplifies a disastrous weakness towards Victor Orbán’s regime, it also underscores a fatal underestimation of the role of the Russian-Orthodox Church within the power structure of Russia and in the campaign of destruction against Ukraine.
Armin Huttenlocher is CEO of the political consulting firm RES Public Affairs. Corporate Affairs. He is one of the shareholders of Zentrum Liberale Moderne. He lives in Tbilisi and Berlin.