Thank you for these references - it is good to know about such men.
I am sorry if my last few posts have given the impression that I was having an anti-EO fit of pique! It is just that Peter and I have been engaged in a dialogue elsewhere where we are treated by some of the Russian Orthodox as though we were little, if any, better than pagans - and it really had led me to wonder whether this was generally so in Russian circles; so it is good to know of these exceptions.
The contemporary world poses great challenges for the Orthodox Church - and to meet them by pretending they are 'western' phenomena which will not touch the 'Russian' soul is blinding oneself to the lessons which the Spirit can teach in this encounter.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)