Andrey Kuraev

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Andrey Kuraev
Andrey Kuraev (Андрей Кураев)
Church Russian Orthodox Church
See Moscow
Installed 5 April 2009
Term ended Incumbent
Other posts Professor of theology; 1996 to 2013
Personal details
Birth name Andrey Vyacheslavovich Kuraev (Андре́й Вячесла́вович Кура́ев)
Born (1963-02-15) 15 February 1963 (age 59)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Profession Cleric, theologian, professor, writer, blogger

Andrey Vyacheslavovich Kuraev (Russian: Андре́й Вячесла́вович Кура́ев; born 15 February 1963, Moscow) is a Protodeacon[1] of the Russian Orthodox Church, notable Orthodox theologian and missionary.


Kuraev studied at the Moscow Theological Academy Seminary between 1985 and 1988, and graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy in 1992.[2] He studied at the Bucharest Theological Institute, Bucharest, Romania between 1988 and 1990.

Kuraev became a deacon on 29 November 1990, and on 5 April 2009, he became a Protodeacon of the Russian Orthodox Church. He was the dean of the Russian Orthodox University between 1993 and 1996.

He received his candidate of philosophy degree from the ru of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1994[2] In 1995, he received a candidate of theology degree from Moscow Theological Academy for his thesis entitled "Tradition. Dogma. Ceremony."

In 2004, following the Beslan school hostage crisis, Kuraev wrote a book entitled "How to Relate to Islam after Beslan", igniting an intense emotional discussion in Russian society.[3] A similar, and even more intense, discussion occurred after Kuraev commented on the ethnic and religious background of the Tsarnaev brothers, the masterminds behind the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013.[4]

Several media outlets reported that Kuraev criticized the politics of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, the ethnic parliament of the Crimean Tatars, during a lecture tour in Crimea in September 2006. He drew an analogy between the policy of the mejlis and mob behavior among young men in society.[5]

He was named "man of the year" by a media organization in 2008.[6]

Since October 2013, Kuraev has written about the existence of the "gay lobby" inside the Russian Orthodox Church,[7] provoking various negative responses from church officials.[8][9][10][11]

On 30 December 2013, the science board of Moscow Theological Academy dismissed Kuraev from its staff, due to his media activity[12] and his blog.[13] He has expressed outrage at the decision, attributing it to revenge from his alleged "gay lobby" for his part in revealing a scandal regarding homosexual activity at the Kazan Theological Seminary.[14] The scandal resulted in an investigation, [15] a cleric being fired[16] in March 2014, and the dismissal of most administration members.[17] Kuraev has also been outspoken about the criminal process and prison punishment of Pussy Riot group members.[18][19]


    • Kuraev A. Provocarile ecumenismului. Bucuresti, ed. Sofia, 2006. (Romanian)
    • Kuraev A.V. "Harry Potter" in church: between anaphema and smile: Should one give an indulgence to fairy tales? Is the magical non-dead demonic? ... Truth of «Harry Potter» — Neva, 2003. — 123 pages — ISBN 5-7654-2901-7
    • Kuraev A.V. «Harry Potter»: a try to be not scared / Deacon Andrey Kuraev. — Andreevskiy flag, 2004. — 205 pages — ISBN 5-9553-0035-X
    • Kuraev A.V. Gifts and anaphemas : what Christianity brought to word? : thoughts on the edge of millennium. / Nikea; Arefa, 2009. — 319 pages — ISBN 978-5-91761-001-6
    • Kuraev A. Daruri si anathemele. Bucuresti, 2004. (Romanian)
    • Kuraev A. Tajemnica Izraela // Fronda. Warszawa, 1999, № 17/18. (Polish)
  • Kuraev A.V. How to relate to Islam after Beslan? / Deacon Andrey Kuraev. — 2004 — 127 pages — ISBN 5-9900367-1-X
    • Kuraev A. Mostenirea lui Hristos. Ceea ce n-a intrat in Evanghelie. Bucuresti, ed. Sofia, 2009 (Romanian)
    • Non-American missioner / Deacon Andrey Kuraev. — Saratov, 2006. — 463 pages — ISBN 5-98599-028-1
  • Religy without God. — 2006. — 527 pages. — ISBN 5-7789-0209-3
    • Kuraev A. Pecetea lui antihrist, codurile de bare si semnele vremurilor. Bucuresti, 2005.(Romanian)
  • Kuraev A.V. Fantasy and truth of "The Da Vinci Code": AST-Zebra, 2006.
  • Kuraev A.V. Christianity on the edge of history : About our defeat / Deacon Andrey Kuraev. : Palomnik, 2003. — ISBN 5-87468-208-2
    • Kuraev A.V. Church and youth : is the conflict imminent? And about rock music... Rus. ostrov, 2004. — ISBN 5-902565-01-4
  • David Baggett Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts ; [from English] [afterword by Deacon Andrey Kuraev]. — Amfora 2005. (Lenizdat). — 430 pages — (Novaya Evrika). — ISBN 5-94278-892-8[20]


  1. Proto-deacon means first-servant (in Greek), but in the Russian Orthodox Church it is an honorary title given to married deacons
  2. 2.0 2.1 Кураев Андрей Вячеславович – Древо.
  3. Gheddo, Piero. (17 September 2004) Slaughter of Beslan children done as murderers shouted “God is Great”, says theologian.
  4. Новости :: Андрею Кураеву досталось от российских мусульман: объявили "провокатором в рясе" за слова о бостонском теракте.
  5. Русская линия / Новости / Диакон Андрей Кураев выступит в Крыму. (24 September 2008).
  6. Вести.Ru: "Человеком года" в шестой раз стал Алексий II // (22 December 2008).
  7. Московский Комсомолец: происшествия, общество, культура, мнения, интервью – МК.
  8. Chaplin called Kuraev repent for the words gay lobby. (17 January 2014).
  9. Interview: Deacon Andrei Kuraev V. Tver Metropolitan Viktor.
  10. Archdeacon Kuraev Answers Chaplin'S Accusations.
  11. Right-wing church media attack Kuraev.
  12. Как относиться к исламу после Беслана? – Известия.
  13. Протодиакона Андрея Кураева отчислили из профессоров МДА — комментарии. (31 December 2013).
  14. В штат Тверской епархии приняли игумена, изгнанного из Татарстанской митрополии за домогательства до семинаристов.
  15. Россия: Общество: Прокуратура проверит «гомоигумена» в Казанской семинарии.
  16. Пресс-секретаря Татарстанской митрополии обвиняют в гомосексуализме – Новости России – ИА REGNUM. (16 December 2013).
  17. Митрополит Анастасий временно отстранен от руководства Казанской семинарией – Новости России – ИА REGNUM. (14 March 2014).
  18. Протодиакон Кураев встретился с Pussy Riot – ПОЛИТ.РУ.
  19. Kuraev Meets Pussy Riot.
  20. [1] deacon Andrey Kuraev – My books

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