The Last Man in Russia: The Struggle to Save a Dying Nation by Oliver Bullough, 255 pages
Today's Russia faces a declining population, staggering levels of governmental corruption, and epidemic rates of alcoholism. The origins of this situation lie in the nation's seventy year experience of communism, which sought to crush the Church, the family, and the individual human spirit. Fr Dmitry fought against the state on all these levels, becoming one of the leaders of the Russian spiritual revival of the seventies. He fought for community and communion, for faith and trust. He did so even though the hierarchy of his own church had been suborned by the communist government. He fought against enemies of flesh and blood as well as against principalities and powers.