Alexander Ponomariov wrote his PhD dissertation on the Russian Orthodox Church and modernity at the University of Passau, Germany. He studied foreign languages in Ukraine, Orthodox theology in Russia, and received his M.A. degree in Russian and East-Central European studies in Germany. His research interests include Orthodox Christianity, theology, history, Bible criticism, and ancient languages. His dissertation focuses on Russian Orthodox canon law in the post-Soviet era. He is the author of The Pussy Riot Case in Russia: Orthodox Canon Law and the Sentence of the Secular Court article (Ab Imperio, 4/2013), of The Lord’s Prayer in a Wider Setting: A New Hebrew Reconstruction article (Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 41-1/2015), and some book reviews.
Since 2011, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) leaders have been officially promoting an active online interaction between the Church and its believers. They publish official draft texts online and encourage … Read More