According to the May 29th, 2013 statements of the well-known MP apologists and public relations expert, Deacon Andrei Kuraev, the Moscow Patriarchate has decided to re-instate notorious bishops, widely accused by many monks, clergy, and boys of horrible immoralities. Perhaps the worst of these is Bishop Nikon of Yekaterinburg and Verkhotursky. Anyone familiar with the story, or at least the horrid accounts given in Komsomolskaya Pravda, could not but agree with Fr. Andrei Kuraev about the issue of these moves. Fr. Andrei, also, quite rightly notes the lack of clarity in the investigations and the lack of public trial, information. Yet, one is sure, Bp. Nikon, along with several other bishops, are going back to posts. The accusations against Bp. Nikon, if one reads the accounts from multiple sources of monks, clergy, laity, children, transpired over years, and were, in fact, as bad, if not worse, than those given against Fr. Panteleimon of Holy Transfiguration Monastery in the US. Yet, even the standard practices of trials and investigations, are swept under the rug if the Patriarch Kyril so wishes; it wouldn’t even matter if “Anaxios” was loudly proclaimed at MP consecrations, as it was in the case of the Ephraim of Berdyansk, only about 3 weeks ago. The re-instatement of Bp. Nikon has led to great controversy, as, it appears, it doesn’t matter whether “anaxios” is shouted at any point.
As. Fr. Andrei Kuraev points out, the re-instatement of Bp. Nikon, despite his past, is in line with the re-instatement of other Bishops accused by multiple parties and clergy of similar accusations. The strategy of Patriarch Kyril, it seems, has been one of trying to hide the matter, or hope it goes away after a few years, and then bring the bishops back. Defenders counter Fr. Andrei Kuraev and the many testimonies saying that these charges are slander against Bp. Nikon, whom they say was bishop who was just intent upon cleaning up corruption, only to be attacked for his life. They plead that a massive campaign of disinformation was carried out against the sorry Bishop by the clergy of the diocese, including the MP clergy busing old women with signs denouncing Bp. Nikon; mostly because Bp. Nikon was supposed to have threatened the finances of these clergy.