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Vyg and Leksa

Priestless Old Believer double monastery in Russian Karelia. It was founded in 1695 on the model of pre-Nikonian Solovki, but with a women's community as well as the men's. Under the leadership of the celebrated Brothers Denisov, Vyg emerged as perhaps the major centre of Old Belief in the first half of the XVIII Century, then went into a long decline and was closed by the government in 1855.

Norman Hugh Redington


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