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Like most victims of abuse, she said, she did not tell anyone at the time out of fear that her husband, who refused to allow her to take a job in order to keep her dependent, would take revenge on her or out of shame. Once she threatened to go public, she says, and he beat her. She did not try again.
But Kseniya Golinchenko now says she believes Russian believers need to know what kind of a man the patriarchate is making a bishop and has launched a Change.org petition calling on Patriarch Kirill and Metropolitan Panteleimon of Krasnoyarsk and Achinsk to reverse course (change.org/p/патриархия-русской-православной-церкви-священника-тирана-повысили-в-звание-епископа).
Given welcome changes in public attitudes toward abuse, this story has attracted attention far beyond the normal outlets covering religion (mbk-news.appspot.com/suzhet/on-ne-soizmeryal-silu/, ahilla.ru/syuzhet-o-ksenii-i-ignatii-golinchenko-na-sedmom-kanale/ and ridus.ru/news/303626).
But instead of taking these charges seriously, the church and its supporters have swung into action and launched a campaign to undermine the credibility of the victim. They have said she is lying and that no abuse occurred and now are accusing her of allowing racy pictures of herself to appear online (ahilla.ru/tserkvach-obvinil-kseniyu-golinchenko-v-otkrovennyh-fotosessiyah-i-zhelanii-otravit-zhizn-byvshemu-muzhu/).
Kseniya Golinchenko does not deny that she has worked as a model – she had few other opportunities to make money, she suggests – but she does insist that the pictures of her that have appeared are tasteful and not the pornography the church leaders are suggesting.
Because this conflict is taking place so far from Moscow and its media, it is uncertain how it will develop; but it is important to take note of not only because family abuse is rife in Russia not only among the lay people but also among priests. How the patriarchate ultimately resolves this case will say a lot about what its values really are.