Bishop Egorievsky Tikhon (Shevkunov) categorically rejected any involvement in the decision to postpone the premiere of the ballet "Nureyev" at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater (Bolshoi Theater) of Russia. The head of the patriarchal council for culture expressed regret at the fact that journalists are increasingly resorting to the publication of dubious or frankly false data.
On Monday, the Director General of the Bolshoi Theater, Vladimir Urin, announced that the premiere of the ballet Nureyev, which was to be held on 11 July, was postponed to May 2018 due to the unavailability of the production. Later, Alexei Venediktov, the editor-in-chief of the radio station Ekho Moskvy, wrote in his channel to Telegram that the decision to postpone the premiere of a dancer known for his unconventional sexual orientation was allegedly banned by Bishop Tikhon. "The run was representatives of the ROC. But in civilian clothes. They reached Tikhon. Tikhon called (Minister of Culture Vladimir - approx. Tass) to Medinsky. Medinsky phoned Urin and depicted rage and hysteria, "the journalist asserts.
"What can all this be answered?" Only one thing: the editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy, Aleksey Alekseevich Venediktov, is lying on all the points outlined, "Bishop Tikhon said in an interview with TASS, recalling the saying" He's lying that pancakes bakes: it only hisses! "
The head of the Patriarchal Council for Culture recalled that he had already noted incorrect statements about himself from the lips of a journalist. "Recently, Venediktov in the same Telegram decided to slightly try and again, and again about my humble person," - said the vicar. "He announced that, according to his insider information, in the near future I was made the rector of St. Isaac's Cathedral, six months later - Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and a permanent member of the Synod, and then, of course, immediately straight road to the patriarchs," said Bishop Tikhon.
"Believe me, I have no desire to be engaged in interpreting Venediktov's prophecies, but my phone does not cease from the calls of journalists, and simply protecting my peace, I must remind you that according to the charter of the Russian Orthodox Church, only a bishop can be elected as a patriarch Five years independently managing the diocese, "- he said.
"I, being not the" ruling "bishop, but the vicar of His Holiness the Patriarch, did not personally manage the diocese for a single day," Bishop Tikhon stressed. "All the bishops elected by the patriarchs at the cathedrals, starting with the restoration of the patriarchate in 1917, before this election independently managed the dioceses from twenty to forty years," recalled the vicar, complaining that the "glavred" Echo "did not look at least the most elementary Reference material on the topic of its next broadcast. "
Against slander and gossip
The bishop also noted the recent publication on the radio site of the interview of the director Alexander Sokurov, in which, according to the head of the patriarchal council for culture, "an attempt was made to feed the readers historical lies, truly" on an especially large scale. "" Given that both Sokurov and Venediktov - graduates of historical faculties, it is hardly possible to talk about mistakes and ignorance, "said the vicar.
"I simply had to point out facts and documents on the points, refute this slander against the generation of holy new martyrs," he said, noting that he had devoted an entire article to the newspaper Kultura.
Bishop Tikhon expressed bewilderment of such publications. "Sometimes it is true, you are amazed: is it a hunt for a man who is already middle-aged, with enviable enthusiasm and zeal to make his vocation a self-evident lie, slander, gossip?" Why? " - he said.