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Воробьев В. Н. Памяти друга - Николая Евгеньевича Емельянова // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия II: История. История Русской Православной Церкви. 2010. Вып. 1 (34). С. 149-156.
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Vorob'ev Vladimir, archpriest
Воробьев В. Н. Некоторые проблемы прославления святых к местному и общецерковному почитанию в конце XX - начале XXI в. // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия II: История. История Русской Православной Церкви. 2010. Вып. 2 (35). С. 79-90.
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canonization, locally venerated saints, the Church's veneration of saints
Vorob'ev Vladimir, archpriest
Воробьёв В. Н., Щелкачёв А. В. Вера и естественно-научное знание // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия I: Богословие. Философия. 2012. Вып. 2 (40). С. 7-19.
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This article is devoted to the problem of the relationship between science and religion. The authors provide a comprehensive view of the way religious faith is rooted in the works of European science from its beginnings to our own days. Special attention is given to the atheistic attempts to discredit this notion, a position which once dominated the sciences in Russia, but which has today been shown to have outlived its relevance.
FAITH, REASON, SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, CHRISTIANITY, ATHEISM
Vorobyev Vladimir, archpriest
Shchelkachev Aleksandr, priest
Воробьев В. Н., Мазырин А. В., Щелкачев А. В., Хайлова О. И., Казаков И. С. «Авво мой родной!» Письма священномученика митрополита Кирилла (Смирнова) преподобномученику архимандриту Неофиту (Осипову) 1933–1934 гг. // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия II: История. История Русской Православной Церкви. 2014. Вып. 2 (57). С. 117-142. DOI: 10.15382/sturII201457.117-142
This is the first publication of letters of st. martyr metropolitan Cyril (Smirnov), the first candidate for the post of the Patriarchal locum tenens, to st. martyr archimandrite Neophyte (Osipov) since August, 1933 till March, 1934. Archimandrite Neophyte was the personal secretary of St. Patriarch Tikhon. These letters were found in the PSTGU archive among other documents of the archive of martyr Seraphim (Samoylovich) which has been kept by his spiritual daughter st. confessor Iraida Tikhonova. The major questions of the church life in the end of 1920th — the first half of 1930th have been mentioned in published letters. Particularly this is the questions connecting with the relation to the Moscow Patriarchy which has been heading by metropolitan Sergius (Stragorodsky). Many outstanding figures of the Russian Orthodox Church of 1920th–1930th, including who were canonized nowadays, were mentioned in letters, such as st. martyrs Seraphim (Samoylovich), Damascene (Zedrik) and Joasaph (Udalov), st. confessors Athanasius (Sakharov) and Basil (Preobrazhenskiy). A special interest is the detailed description by metropolitan Cyril of his meeting with metropolitan Sergius which has occurred in Moscow in December, 1933. This meeting has not been described in details somewhere before. Letters reveal ecclesiological views of st. martyr Cyril, clarify the essence of his disagreement with supporters of centralization of the church power on terms of the soviet governments. At the same time the letters characterize expressively the position of metropolitan Sergius, which was expressed by him in the conversation with metropolitan Cyril. According letters, metropolitan Sergius promised, in case of death of Patriarchal locum tenens metropolitan Peter (Poljansky), to pass a higher church power to metropolitan Arsenius (Stadnitsky).
New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, persecution against the Russian Orthodox Church, succession of supreme church power, the “right” opposition to the Moscow Patriarchate, ecclesiology, church archives, st. martyr Cyril (Smirnov), st. martyr Neophyte (

Vorob'ev Vladimir, archpriest
Mazyrin Aleksandr, priest
Shchelkachev Aleksandr, priest
Khailova Ol'ga
Kazakov Ivan
Воробьев В. Н., Мазырин А. В., Щелкачев А. В., Хайлова О. И., Казаков И. С. «Милость Господня да будет с тобою!» Письма священномученика митрополита Кирилла (Смирнова) исповеднице Ираиде (Тиховой) 1934–1937 гг. // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия II: История. История Русской Православной Церкви. 2015. Вып. 2 (63). С. 143-156.
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For the first time ever the letters of the first locum tenens of the patriarchal throne, the Hieromartyr Metropolitan Cyril (Smirnov), written in the last years of his life, to the Confessor Iraida Tikhova are published on the base of the handwritten originals from the archive fund of the Hieromartyr Archbishop Seraphim (Samoilovich), stored in the Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University of Humanities.
The Russian Orthodox Church, the persecution against the Church, the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia, the “right” Church opposition, the epistolary heritage.

Vorob'ev Vladimir, archpriest
Mazyrin Aleksandr, priest
Shchelkachev Aleksandr, priest
Khailova Ol'ga
Kazakov Ivan
Воробьев Е. П. «Довольно братской крови!»: Православная церковь в Царицыне в 1917 г. // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия II: История. История Русской Православной Церкви. 2020. Вып. 96. С. 62-71. DOI: 10.15382/sturII202096.62-71
The article discusses the reaction of the clergy of a typical Russian city to the revolutionary events of 1917. It shows changes in the role of the Orthodox Church in Tsaritsyn in the situation of a national crisis. The analysis is based primarily on materials of those local newspapers which under the circumstances of the proclaimed freedom of press could reliably refl ect the problems of society and presented diverse points of view on their solution depending on political preferences of the editorial offices. The article identifi es the main diffi culties in the activity of parishes, i.e. the increase in anti-church attitudes, lack of agreement among the clergy, deterioration in the financial situation of the Church, confl icts both within the clergy and between priests and the church-goers. During the First World War, the Church in Tsaritsyn managed to organise assistance to the needy and consolidate all the forces of society, but after the fall of the monarchy in Russia, a great deal of time and eff ort was spent on participating in rallies, marches, and public prayers in support of the Provisional Government. The consistent position of the clergy as to preserving civil peace did not find much response in the people, and the new authorities did not ensure interaction with the Russian Orthodox Church which was excluded from solving current issues at the local level. The democratisation of parish life and the activity of the clergy in the election process did not lead to the strengthening of the position of the Church in society, but, on the contrary, contributed to the involvement of priests in political strife. The authority and role of Orthodox pastors in preserving the moral foundations of the population was steadily declining. The main reason for the strengthening of this trend was the inability of priests to respond to the challenges of the revolutionary time, their absorption in ensuring their daily subsistence and petty squabbles, especially over the preservation of their own positions. The local clergy did not become the driving force of the revolution in 1917, although they supported the Provisional Government en masse. The advent of Bolsheviks to power was a complete surprise for the Orthodox Church, which is perfectly illustrated by the example of the situation in Tsaritsyn.
Russian Revolution of 1917, Tsaritsyn, Russian Orthodox Church, clergy, Saratov Diocese, First World War
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Vorobyеv Evgeniy
Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in History;
Academic Rank: Associate Professor;
Place of work: Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation; 20 Kronshtadtsky bul’var, Moscow;
Post: Associate Professor;
ORCID: 0000-0002-3022-7519;
Email: vorobyev@bk.ru. *According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.
Косик О. В., Мазырин А. В., Воробьёв В. Н. «Формула» священномученика митрополита Кирилла (Смирнова) из тетради священномученика епископа Дамаскина (Цедрика). 1934 г. // Вестник ПСТГУ. Серия II: История. История Русской Православной Церкви. 2022. Вып. 104. С. 145-160. DOI: 10.15382/sturII2022104.145-160
This article makes public an extremely important document of the first (according to the will of Holy Patriarch Tikhon) candidate for the position of the Patriarchal Locum Tenens Hieromartyr Metropolitan Kirill (Smirnov). It was written in April 1934 and summarised his understanding of the current state of aff airs in the church together with possible ways of overcoming the situation created by the policy of Patriarchal Locum Tenens Sergiy (Stragorodsky). Hieromartyr Kirill was firmly committed to the legacy of the Council of 1917–1918 and to the Patriarchal Administration established by the Council. The most important canonical acts which, in his opinion, should have been used in the current circumstances, were the Resolution of the Supreme Church Administration under Patriarch Tikhon of November 20, 1920 and the Patriarchal testamentary decree of January 7, 1925. Metropolitan Kirill’s associate was Hieromartyr Bishop Damaskin (Tsedik). He convincingly supported their position using the letters of the Patriarchal Locum Tenens Metropolitan Petr (Polyansky) of 1929–1930. These clearly showed that Metropolitan Sergiy signifi cantly exceeded his authority and appropriated rights that he had not been endowed with. The publication also includes a document most likely compiled by Bishop Damaskin, based on the opinions of Metropolitans Kirill and Petr. Both documents are cited according to the same source, i.e. the notebook of Bishop Damaskin, seized from him during his arrest in 1934, and now kept in Jordanville, the spiritual center of the Russian Church Abroad.
Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Kirill (Smirnov), Bishop Damaskin (Tsedrik), Patriarch Tikhon (Bellavin), Metropolitan Petr (Polyansky), Metropolitan Sergiy (Stragorodsky), higher church administration, usurpation of church authority, church controversy, canon law, ecclesiology
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  2. Khailova O. (2019) “Avvo moi rodnoi!”: Zhizneopisanie, izbrannye trudy i perepiska prepodobnomuchenika Neofita (Osipova) [“Abba my dearest!”: Biography, selected works and correspondence of St. Neofit (Osipov)]. Moscow: PSTGU (in Russian).
  3. Kosik O. (2009) Istinnyi voin Khristov: Kniga o sviashchennomuchenike episkope Damaskine (Tsedrike) [The true warrior of Christ: a book about the Holy Martyr Bishop Damaskin (Tsedrik)]. Moscow: PSTGU (in Russian).
  4. Krivosheeva N., Mazyrin A. (2001) “Eto est′ skorb′ dlia Tserkvi, no ne smert′ ee…″: Iz materialov sledstvennogo dela sviashchennomuchenika mitropolita Kirilla Kazanskogo (1930) [“This is sorrow for the Church, but not its death...”: From the materials of the investigative case of the Holy Martyr Metropolitan Kirill of Kazan (1930)]. Bogoslovskii sbornik, 2001, vol. 8, pp. 326–351 (in Russian).
  5. Mazyrin A. (2012) “Podvig pervosviatitel′skogo sluzheniia Patriarshego Mestobliustitelia sviashchennomuchenika Petra, mitropolita Krutitskogo” [The feat of the fi rst hierarch’s ministry of the Patriarchal Locum Tenens Holy Martyr Petr, Metropolitan Krutitsky], in Kifa — Patriarshii Mestobliustitel′ sviashchennomuchenik Petr, mitropolit Krutitskii (1862–1937) [Kifa, Patriarchal Locum Tenens Holy Martyr Petr, Metropolitan Krutitsky (1862–1937)]. Moscow: PSTGU, pp. 343–714 (in Russian).
  6. Nikolaev S. (2019) “õDeianie″ arkhiepiskopa Serafi ma (Samoilovicha) i polemika otnositel′no ego pozitsii v krugu blizkikh emu lits v 1933–1934 gg.” [The “act” of Archbishop Seraphim (Samoilovich) and the controversy regarding his position in the circle of people close to him in 1933–1934]. Vestnik PSTGU. Ser. II, 2019, vol. 90, pp. 117–148 (in Russian).
  7. Nikolaev S. (2015) “Obzor arkhivnogo fonda sviashchennomuchenika arkhiepiskopa Serafi ma (Samoilovicha) i ispovednitsy Iraidy Tikhovoi” [Review of the archival fund of Hieromartyr Archbishop Seraphim (Samoilovich) and confessor Iraida Tikhova], in XXV Ezhegodnaia bogoslovskaia konferentsiia PSTGU [25th Annual Theological Conference of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities]. Moscow: PSTGU, pp. 144–148 (in Russian).
  8. Petrova T. (2010) Poslednee sledstvennoe delo arkhiepiskopa Feodora (Pozdeevskogo) [The last investigative case of Archbishop Feodor (Pozdeevsky)]. Moscow: Danilovskii blagovestnik (in Russian).
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  10. Vorobyov V., Mazyrin A., Khailova O., Shchelkachev A., Kazakov I. (2014) "Avvo moi rodnoi!" Pisúma sviashchennomuchenika mitropolita Kirilla (Smirnova) prepodobnomucheniku arkhimandritu Neofi tu (Osipovu) 1933–1934 gg. [“Abba my dearest!”: Letters of Holy Martyr Metropolitan Kirill (Smirnov) to Martyr Archimandrite Neofi t (Osipov) of 1933–1934]. Vestnik PSTGU. Ser. II, 2014, vol. 2 (57), pp. 117–142 (in Russian).
Kosik Olga
Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Philology;
Place of work: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; 6/1 Likhov Pereulok, Moscow 127051, Russian Federation;
Post: Senior Research Fellow;
ORCID: 0000-0003-3968-1483;
Email: olga_kosik@mail.ru. *According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.
Mazyrin Alexander, priest
Academic Degree: Doctor of Theology;
Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in History;
Academic Rank: Professor;
Place of work: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University for the Humanities; 6/1 Likhov Pereulok, Moscow 127051, Russian Federation;
Post: professor;
ORCID: 0000-0002-6490-9745;
Email: am_pstbi@mail.ru. *According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.
Vorobjev Vladimir, archpriest
Academic Degree: Doctor of Theology;
Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Physical and Mathematical Sciences;
Academic Rank: Professor;
Place of work: St.Tikhon's Orthodox University; Russia, 127051, Moscow, Lihov, 6/1.;
ORCID: 0000-0002-6083-0220;
Email: artamkin.tg+Protww@yandex.ru. *According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.