Alexei Lidov

Byzantine scholar, head of the Institute of World Culture at Moscow State University, member of the Russian Academy of Arts.


Cover for: Hagia Sophia: Politics before culture

The conversion of the Hagia Sophia was intended as a demonstration of strength to Erdoğan’s conservative Muslim constituency and the wider Islamic world. But calculations of political advantage have also caused the weak response of the West. World cultural heritage has been dealt a huge blow, writes a leading Russian Byzantinist.