The Making of the New Martyrs of Russia: Soviet Repression in Orthodox Memory

1st Edition

Karin Hyldal Christensen

Published September 29, 2017
Reference - 234 Pages - 27 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415786966 - CAT# Y319026
Series: Routledge Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States


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Following the end of the Soviet Union, the Russian Orthodox Church has canonized a great number of Russian saints. Whereas in the first millennium of Russian Christianity (988-1988) the Church recognized merely 300 Russian saints, the number had grown to more than 2,000 by 2006. This book explores the remarkable phenomenon of new Russian martyrdom. It outlines the process of canonization, examines how saints are venerated, and relates all this to the ways in which the Russian state and its people have chosen to remember the Soviet Union and commemorate the victims of its purges. The book includes in-depth case studies of particular saints and examines the diverse ways in which they are venerated.

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