Lecture by Dr. Vladimir Nikiforov: ‘Christianity and Russia’s Attitude to the West’

The Centre for Humanities Innovation is pleased to invite Dr. Valdimir Nikiforov to speak on ‘Christianity and Russia’s Attiitude to the West’, to be held on Tuesday 24th February, from 17:00 to 18:30, Room A29, Elvet Riverside 1. All are welcome to attend.


Dr. Vladimir Nikiforov is a Royal Holloway Emeritus Fellow and the author of ‘The Collaspe of Philosophy and Its Rebirth: An Intellectual History with Special Attention to Husserl, Rickert, and Bakhtin’.

Vladimir was born in the Soviet Union in 1947. He graduated with an MSc in Mathematics and Logic from Moscow State University in 1970 and worked as IT specialist at various research institutions in Moscow. Initially he was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church, but he found himself increasingly drawn to Catholicism, whose more urgent and inclusive humanity – especially as expressed in the renewal under the Second Vatican Council – attracted him. He and a group of others began to meet clandestinely in 1974. Vlad tells the story of how a visiting Catholic Priest met with their group in secret and told them that they needed a priest. He remembers agreeing enthusiastically, but asking “Who on earth would volunteer for such a dangerous role?” It was then he noticed everyone was looking expectantly at him.

He was secretly ordained in 1981 outside Russia and returned to minister. He was arrested and imprisoned, then released but placed under surveillance. When relationships between Russia and the West improved in 1988, he was granted asylum in Sweden. He became a research student of London University at Heythrop College, completing a PhD on modern European philosophy.
On arrival in the UK he became a university chaplain, first at Liverpool Hope University and then in 2002 at Royal Holloway until he left in 2012 when he was appointed to a parish in West Sussex where he continues to serve his church.

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