A new book has been launched to try to find out what is actually going on in Russia’s most famous religious institution.
Archpriest Vladimir Tkachenko, head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s seminary in the town of Tomsk, was murdered in 2011 by a Russian-born gunman who called himself a priest.
The murder took place while Tkacshenko was teaching at the school in which he was a regular.
Archbishop Leonid Nalimov of the Orthodox Church, which has a 1.3 million-member global following, called the killing an act of “intolerance” and said he had no doubt that the killer would be caught.
But the Russian media have been quick to point out that it’s not the first time someone has targeted the seminary, which is one of the main centres of the countrys religious life.
In 2015, an American tourist was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the killing of Russian Orthodox Bishop Sergei Oleg.
The American, who is currently in prison, had called on Tkachetsky to “die”, according to reports in the Russian press.
Tkachenko is survived by his wife and three children, and a younger brother.
He was canonised as a saint by Russia in 2000 and was a frequent presence at the semanatery.