The Ph.D. thesis were defended at the Moscow Theological Academy
On November 9, 2022, during a regular meeting of the MThA Dissertation Council No. 2 uniting the departments of Church History, Church-practical Disciplines, Philology, History and Theory of Church Art, two Ph.D. dissertations were successfully defended.
Priest Vladimir Velichko presented his dissertation “Canonical Research in the Russian Church Emigration (1922–1972).”
The work was carried out under the scientific guidance of Archpriest Alexander Zadornov, Associate Professor Head of the Church-practical Disciplines Department.
The official opponents were Yuri Vladimirovich Ospennikov, Dr. of Law, and Alexander Mikhailovich Solntsev, Ph.D. in Law, Associate Professor at the Department of International Law of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia.
Priest Vladimir Velichko successfully answered the opponents’ questions. As a result, the Council decided to petition His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill to award Priest Vladimir Velichko the degree of Ph.D in Theology.
Priest Iliya Pismenyuk successfully defended his dissertation "Orthodox Churches in the World Council of Churches (WCC): Participation and Dynamics in the Context of the WCC Activities in 1948-1998".
The work was carried out under the scientific supervision of Priest John Kechkin, Associate Professor of the Church History Department.
The official opponents were Archpriest Valentin Vasechko, Ph.D.in Theology, Associate Professor, First Vice-Rector of the General Church Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies named after Sts. Cyril and Methodius, and Viktor Anatolyevich Livtsov, Dr. of Historical Sciences, Professor, Deputy Director of the Central Russian Institute of Management, a branch of the Russian Academy of National Economy under the President of the Russian Federation.
During the discussion, Priest Iliya Pismenyuk answered his opponents’ questions. As a result, the Council decided to petition His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill to award Priest Iliya Pismenyuk the degree of Ph.D. in Theology.
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