MAKSIM KALININ, Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow, Russia)

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Maksim Kalinin

Theologian, linguist, and researcher of the Mesopotamian Christian mystical tradition, life and works of East Syrian mystics. He spoke out against the war with Ukraine in his social networks; called for peace and peacemaking, and criticized church-state relations and support for authoritarian and dictatorial regimes – in his lectures and public speeches. On 16 December 2022, he was dismissed from the All-Church Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies of the Russian Orthodox Church without explanation.