• Andrey Shishkov

    Ph.D. student in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Tartu, Estonia

    Andrey Shishkov is Ph.D. student in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Tartu (Estonia,  junior researcher in the project “Orthodoxy as Solidarity” supported by the Estonian Research Council (PRG 1599) and co-author of the Telegram channel “Orthodoxy and Zombies.”

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Inter-Orthodox Relations

Ukraine: A New Legal Framework for the UOC?

“We will never allow anyone to build an empire inside the Ukrainian soul,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, on December 1, 2022, stated in reference to the need to ensure the spiritual independence of the country. He signed the decree with measures to counter religious organizations and figures affiliated with the aggressor state: the Russian...

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Orthodoxy and Modernity, Religion and Conflict

Some Reflections on the Declaration on the “Russian World” Teaching

Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine is a turning point in European history, comparable to the beginning of both world wars. Therefore, it is completely understandable that theologians and ordinary believers would respond to it, first, with gestures of solidarity with the victims of th... Read more.
Ecclesiology, Theology

Dark Ecclesiology: What We Do in the Shadows

Speaking about human rights in Orthodoxy, we must clearly understand why we need this discourse and how it will influence theology and religious consciousness. In my opinion, it has two primary purposes: protection of the weak and inclusion. Today, the debate about human rights increasingly affects ... Read more.
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Religion and Politics, Theology

The Navalny Protests and Orthodoxy’s A-Political Theology

At the end of January, what were perhaps the largest protest rallies in the last ten years took place across Russia. The protests were sparked by the arrest of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who had returned to his homeland after medical treatment in Germany. Back in August 2020, Russian spec... Read more.
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Ecclesiology

Ten Days, Fourteen Delegations: Some Thoughts on the Format of the Upcoming Pan-Orthodox Council

The forthcoming Pan-Orthodox council is conceived as a council of delegations of all universally recognized autocephalous churches, which are headed by their primates. In reality, the difference between the Pan-Orthodox council and the synaxis of primates is insignificant. The Pan-Orthodox council f... Read more.