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St. Theodore Ouchakoff

XVIII/XIX Centuries
Admiral Theodore Ushakov was the extremely successful commander of the Russian Mediterranean fleet under Paul I, and one of the Emperor's Orthodox Knights of Malta. In Greek history he is remembered as the liberator of the Ionian Islands. Falling from political favour after Paul's assassination, he retired near the Synaxar Monastery; he did not, however, become a monk. (The admiral's uncle, who bore the same name and was abbot of the monastery, has been canonised as "St. Theodore of Synaxar"; the two saints are sometimes conflated.)

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