Stories: Orthodox

  • Russia Gets Religion

    I’m not sure if it was out of personal preference or as a concession to his interviewer that Dmitry Sverdlov asked to meet me at a 1950s-style American diner in Moscow’s Kitay-gorod neighborhood. With the Beach Boys harmonizing on the jukebox and Marilyn Monroe and James Dean looking down from the walls, the small-town Orthodox priest-turned-tech...

  • Culture Clash in Moldova: Orthodox Fundamentalism Rallies to Attack the West

    Matrona Nikonova was born in 1881 in Russia. She was blind, but could see the future, so they say. According to popular belief, she had a birthmark in the shape of a cross on her chest and when she was baptized perfumed smoke rose above her body. It is said that she, as a preacher, foresaw the coming of the...