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Sts. Boris and Gleb the Passion-Bearers,
Princes of Kiev

XI Century
Sons of St. Vladimir the Great. Although they could have fought, they allowed themselves to be murdered by Prince Svyatopolk during the dynastic troubles following Vladimir's death rather than take up arms against their own brother. Their servant St. George the Hungarian was also killed; later his brothers Sts. Ephrem and Moses would help establish their veneration as passion-bearers.

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