Staunton, December 30 – Over the course of the last year, Bishop Tikhon Shevkunov continued to be identified as spiritual advisor to Vladimir Putin, was identified as a competitor to Patriarch Kirill and organizer of the Kirill Serebrennikov case, and now appears to have made himself into “a Sechin in priestly robes,” according to Zoya Svetova.
In a 5700-word article, the journalist explores how this has come about and what role the man she calls “the main ideologue of reaction” may play not only next year but further into the future on the basis of an interview with the Bishop as well as with many of those who know him (mbk.media/sences/sechin-v-ryase-kak-tixon-shevkunov-stal-glavnym-ideologom-rossijskoj-reakcii/
“He really loves the Church more than he loves Christ, and this is dangerous.” If Shevkunov is forced to make a choice, there is little question as to which side he’ll come down on. Another churchman, Father Iosif Kiperman shares that view and sees Shevkunov as part and parcel of a larger chekist project.
“The chekists from the very beginning thought aobut building a Soviet church in order that parishioners would become Soviet people. They wanted to leave the external form of the church as it was but change everything inside. Tikhon [Shevkunov] is one of these Soviet people” and he’s ready to realize this “last idea” of the devil.