A member of a Russian Orthodox group which refused to accept the liturgical reforms of the patriarch Nikon (1605–81).
- This would account for the leading role among Russian entrepreneurs of the Old Believers, a sect which had resisted reform in the Orthodox Church in the 1660s and was subsequently penalized and persecuted.
- He is the author of a number of accounts of funeral ritual among Old Believers as well as Russian Orthodox and has also written on the methodology of recording such material.
- It was my first glimpse of Nikolaevsk residents, the Russian Old Believers: a much-persecuted and therefore extremely reclusive religious group, who first came to Alaska in 1960s.
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