Audio Documentaries and Features

A New Church for the Red State

One hundred years ago, the Russian Revolution of 1917 brought a radical political change. But at the same time, a lesser-known group of religious reformers were busy plotting a better future for Russia’s souls – and a new, more democratic, Orthodox Church, closer to the people. Caroline Wyatt explores whether they were simply being used by the Bolsheviks, or was there a chance that the Revolution’s answer to Martin Luther could prompt a real Russian Reformation…


Presenter  Caroline Wyatt.
Producer  Adam Fowler.
Listen to the programme on the BBC World Service.


Olga Chubakova

The daughter of Alexander Vvedensky, Olga Chubakova (Vvedenskaya) – now in her 90’s and one of the last surviving eyewitnesses of the Renovationist Movement – Photo by Adam Fowler.


Red Square Moscow


St-Isaacs Cathedral ceiling




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