October 10, 2008: This is a blog about life. It started in August 2007 when I moved to Russia as an English teacher and has thus far brought us to my being married to a wonderful (Russian) woman and working odd translation/editing jobs. If you’re into that sort of thing, and/or Orthodoxy, you can see some of my more meaningful translations at my other page: Incendiary.



  1. George Vatsis · January 27, 2009

    I enjoy your blog and translations. Any chance you would translate the writings of Elder Anthony?


  2. Ручьёв · January 27, 2009

    Thank you for the encouragement. Are you speaking of Elder Anthony of Optina?

  3. George Vatsis · January 27, 2009

    The elder Anthony I am referring to is the one in a book by Alexander Krasnov called “Spiritual Conversations and Edifications of Elder Anthony.” I am attaching a link that referrences this elder. His words gave me much self reflection. I was able to find the author and ask if this book is in English, and I was told no. Here is the link.

  4. Ручьёв · January 31, 2009

    I have found some writings of and about the Elder Anthony you have in mind. I will work on translating what I can. (It won’t be immediately but keep checking back.)

  5. Marcel · February 11, 2009

    Hi, I check out your blog from time to time to find out if you have made new entries. Just discovered I also can follow your incendiary blog. Regards from Marcel

  6. Fr. Seraphim · May 26, 2009

    My youngest son and I will be spending a year in Moscow beginning this September. I’ll be living at Sretensky monastery and he will be in the dorm at MGU. I would like to ask you some questions about life in Moscow if you don’t mind contacting me. Thank you,
    Fr. Seraphim

  7. Iryna · June 25, 2009

    I am from Kiev, Ukraine. At the moment I’m translating a text (from Russian into English) about Zverinetski Caves in Kiev at the suit of my spiritual father. I met your website while trying to find information about Zverinets in English. I have some experience in translations, but this time it is rather difficult to me because of the vocabulary. I saw your numerous translations. I did not have time to read all of them, but I admire your work. Would you be so kind to help me with my task? Maybe to check the translation when I finish it?.. Frankly speaking, I feel quite desperate because I am so slow with translation of the text. Please, contact me, if possible. Thank you very much in advance. Iryna

  8. Marcel · July 14, 2009

    Hi Ручьёв,

    I have been following your blogs for quite a while, I will bring a visit to Moscow soon and figured out you are the right person I can ask a question. It has been my wish for a long time to visit Orthodox Russia, officially I am not Orthodox but consider myself a friend of Orthodoxy. Would you have some advise what is really interesting and open for an English speaking person to visit? My interest goes also to icon painting, Is there for example a workshop, faculty where this is teached which would be an advise to visit?

    My website is ww.thepassionproject.weebly.com, I am currently working on a big icon which is intended for the church. Looking forward to hear from you, regards from Marcel

  9. Ручьёв · July 19, 2009


    If you email me at norespite (at) adams (dot) net I will tell you a bunch of info about visiting Russia.

  10. Iryna · September 8, 2009

    Hi Aleksander,
    On August, 26 I sent you an email concerning the Zverinets cave monastery. Did you receive it? Should I wait for an answer? I understand that you could be very busy, so please, write to me, if I should wait for your help. Thank you!

  11. Fr. Gregory Hogg · September 25, 2012

    I check your blog from time to time for updates and haven’t seen any for a while. I hope that everything is all right…and when you get a chance, do post!

    Unworthy priest,

    Fr. Gregory Hogg

    • Ручьёв · October 18, 2012

      Fr. Gregory,
      For better or for worse I’ve not been able to allocate the time to keep up my blogs. What translations that I do get to these days are being published in Orthodox Life.

  12. Fr. Gregory Hogg · October 18, 2012

    Thanks for writing back. If you are ever visiting the States and find yourself in Michigan, stop by!

  13. Fr. Gregory Hogg · July 28, 2014

    Hello, it’s me again! I wonder if I might get in touch with you. I may be in Russia next summer and would love to have coffee with you.

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