New patriarch

Aleksandr Dvorkin, Professor of church history

1955 - Born in Moscow
1975 - Applies to Moscow Pedagogical Institute
1977 - Emigrates to the United States
1980 - Graduates, Hunter College, New York University
1983 - Candidate of Theology, St. Vladimir Orthodox Spiritual Academy
1988 - Doctorate of Philosophy in Medieval History, Fordham University
1988 - Joins Voice of America radio station, Washington, D.C.
1991 - News editor, Svoboda radio station, Munich
1991 - Returns to Russia
1992 - Joins Department of Religious Education and Catechism, Moscow Patriarchy
1993 - Founder, St. Irenaeus of lyon religious studies centre
1995 - Head of department, St. Tikhon's Orthodox University, Moscow

Andrey Zolotov, commentator on religion

1968 - Born in Moscow
1992 - Graduates, School of Journalism, Moscow State University
1992 - Translator, the Christian Science Monitor, Moscow Bureau
1995 - Moscow correspondent, Ecumenical News International, Geneva
1997 - Senior staff writer, The Moscow Times newspaper
1997 - Named John Templeton European religion journalist of the year
1999 - Awarded Carnegie Media Fellowship, Duke University
2003 – Editor, Russia Profile

Today we will talk about the election of the new Patriarch of Moscow. On Tuesday night Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad was elected as head of the Russian Orthodox Church by a council comprised of clergymen, monks and laymen. Is the Russian Orthodox Church entering a new era? We’ll be talking about it with Aleksandr Dvorkin, a professor at St. Tikhon Orthodox University and Andrey Zolotov, a religious commentator.