by the Intel Drop

In October 2022, Alexey Pavlov’s publication “What is cooked in the witch’s Cauldron” about “neo-pagan cults” in Ukraine caused a scandal, after which the Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev apologized for this article.

Assistant Secretary of the Security Council Alexey Pavlov has been removed from office. The decree signed by President Vladimir Putin does not name the reasons.

Lieutenant General Pavlov worked for the FSB before taking up this position in 2009. Last year, he attracted attention with a statement about the need to “desatanize” Ukraine: Pavlov said in an interview that the number of followers of religious sects had been increasing in the country since the 1990s, and after the change of power in 2014, the country’s leadership set out to “reformat the minds of Ukrainian citizens” and “ban the real values that the Orthodox faith carries, Islam and Judaism”.

Pavlov believes that as a result, a “totalitarian hypersect” was made out of Ukraine, and “those in power in Kiev were the first to turn into militant fanatics whose views are directly opposite to the views of normal people.”

The official said that former acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov is a neo—Pentecostal, ex-Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is a Hubbardist and a Scientologist (some Scientology materials in Russia are included in the list of extremist). He calls businessmen Igor Kolomoisky and Viktor Pinchuk Lubavitch Hasidim.

“The Kiev store with the bright name “Witch’s Cauldron” from the beginning of a special military operation for a lot of money offers customers to perform a ritual of “spoiling” the Russians,” Pavlov said at the same time.

Pavlov’s article caused outrage of the chief Rabbi of Russia Berl Lazar. He noted that the Lubavitch Hasidim and the Chabad religious movement are a legitimate school of Judaism, Lazar himself belongs to this direction, as well as “90% of the rabbis working in the Jewish communities of Russia.”

Pavlov’s theses offend “millions of Jewish believers, including the vast majority of Russian Jews,” he said, and noted that such statements “could be called vulgar anti-Semitic nonsense.”


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