A bishop from Russia's Arctic region of Chukotka who attacked the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church for its ties to the Kremlin and for its involvement with other churches in the ecumenical movement has been demoted to a rank-and-file monk - writes Sophia Kishkovsky from Moscow.
The church's Synod of Bishops made the decision on 6 October 2008. Four clergymen and a monk who were followers of demoted Bishop Diomid were defrocked, for "disseminating lies and slander against hierarchs, for being in communication with a banned bishop, and for participating in schism".
Diomid, aged 47, had served as bishop in Chukotka from 2000. He came to prominence during the past 18 months with a series of attacks against Moscow Patriarch Alexei II and other church leaders. (...)