I still can't wrap my head around what this blog even is.
Is this person actually a transsexual?
The blog author started off life as a man named Stan. At some point he had sex reassignment surgery and assumed a female identity, Barbara-Marie, or "Vara" for short. Many Orthodox people who are not part of his fanclub refer to him by the pronouns pertaining to the gender God gave him.
For the record, all of this information is easily accessible by internet searches for public postings made by the man himself, and should not be construed as a violation of his privacy.
What is his/her agenda?
As best as I can tell, it's to preserve "Russian Orthodoxy" in the United States in opposition to two different groups, those he calls "renovationists", and those he calls "konvertsy".
Renovationists are/were a real group, but she extends the definition to fit people like Fr. Alexander Schmemann and Fr. John Meyendorff, who taught things like it's okay to commune more than four times per year, and it's fine if your church does not have a six-story iconostasis. The real renovationists taught extremely wacky stuff under the nascent Soviet regime, and pulled away from the real Orthodox Church to create the farcical "Living Church".
"Konvertsy" is his term for converts to Orthodoxy who don't know their place, so to speak, particularly former Episcopalians. He is offended that many of them receive ordination and begin teaching in and serving the Church, when he believes they have not received sufficient formation in the Church. That might be a fair point, but you have to understand what his idea of sufficient formation would be. He views the unreserved condemnation of abortion and homosexual activity as something the "konvertsy" brought into the Church, among other things. He does view abortion as wrong, but insists that it should be kept legal, and that active and partnered homosexuals are allowed to remain in good standing in the Church as long as they are quiet about it. Anyone who doesn't feel the way he does about these (and other issues) lacks proper formation in Orthodoxy, and should either be silenced, or leave the Orthodox Church.
In short, "renovationists" are cradle Orthodox he doesn't like, and "konvertsy" are convert Orthodox he doesn't like.
All of this is drawn out in numerous blog postings. Naturally, Metropolitan Jonah of the OCA and St. Vladimir's Seminary are among his bugbears.
Are they actually Russian, or do they just like Russia?
He is at least a partial descendant of Russian emigres, but has lived his whole life in America, AFAIK. His knowledge of Russian is sufficient to translate articles from Russian, hence the basis of the blog is to translate Russian church news for American readers.
I suppose I don't really want the answers to any of these questions, I'm just banging my head out loud.
Well, now they're here for somebody else!