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23 August

On August 23, 1935, a decree was issued by the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee about erecting red stars on top of the Kremlin towers, in place of the imperial two-headed eagles. …

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Peter Carl Faberge

Peter Carl Faberge was a world famous master jeweler and head of the ‘House of Faberge’ in Imperial Russia in the waning days of the Russian Empire.

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Prominent Russians: Religion

Patriarch Alexy II Patriarch Alexy II Religion Alexy II was the Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia right before the collapse of the Soviet Union. During the Soviet regime he did much to protect the Orthodoxy from persecution. St. Anthony of the Caves (Antony Pechersky) St. Anthony of the Caves (Antony Pechersky) Religion St. Anthony of the Caves established the first Russian monastery and is considered to be the father of Russian monasticism. Protopope Avvakum Petrov Protopope Avvakum Petrov Religion Avvakum was one of the founders of what later came to be called Old Belief. He was a leading figure in the opposition to Patriarch Nikon and church reform he directed. St. Basil St. Basil Religion Saint Basil is a Russian Orthodox saint of known as ‘holy fool for Christ’. He was formally canonized around 1580. St.Boris & Gleb St.Boris & Gleb Religion Boris and Gleb were the first saints of Kievan Rus after the Baptism of Rus by Saint Vladimir. Patriarch Kirill Patriarch Kirill Religion Kirill I is the acting Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia. Patriarch Nikon Patriarch Nikon Religion Patriarch Nikon was the eventh Patriarch of all Russia and initiated religious reforms that split the Russian Orthodox Church, leading to the formation of the ‘Old Believers’ movement. Saint Seraphim of Sarov Saint Seraphim of Sarov Religion The Great Russian Saint Seraphim of Sarov is one of the most renowned monastic figures and the great spiritual teacher in Russian Orthodox history. Sergius of Radonezh (Sergey Radonezhsky) Sergius of Radonezh (Sergey Radonezhsky) Religion A religious reformer in Russia, Sergius of Radonezh is honored by the Russian Orthodox Church and is considered a saint.