February 1, 2013

The Man Who Hears Putin's Confessions

Charles Clover, Financial Times

Father Tikhon Shevkunov looks a little too polished to fit the image of the Orthodox Christian monk branded into the western imagination by Dostoevsky. The beard is just unkempt enough, but his chin is a bit too sculpted, his mane of shoulder-length hair too full and flowing, and his TV delivery too flawless to belong to any crazed, self-flagellating anchorite from The Brothers Karamazov. Father Tikhon is a picture of movie-star self-assurance – with a passing resemblance to Russell Crowe.

While Dostoevsky’s monks stuck to their unheated monastic cells, Tikhon is no recluse. When I...

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