Evgenij Aleksandrovich Rodionov
Russian soldier captured in the Chechen War in 1996, and killed,
(according to his mother, who met repeatedly with
a Chechen guerrilla leader to retrieve her
son's remains), after
refusing conversion to Islam. Soldiers
and veterans of the War almost immediately began
venerating him as a saint; the Church bureaucracy
was less enthusiastic, insisting on an elaborate
investigation (unconcluded at the time of writing,
2007/09). The incident is a modern example of the
tension between ancient customs of
canonisation by popular veneration and the more recent
(but still ancient) emphasis on formal procedures.
Norman Hugh Redington
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