I was lucky to be born into a family of dissident Old Believers. Therefore, my perception of the freedom of religion is not a theoretical abstraction, but a fruit of personal experience.

Old Believers have been the most persecuted religious group in the history of Russia.  Even the horrors of the oppression against Jews in the Middle Ages often pale beside the stories of oppression against Old Believers in the Russian Empire where they have never been neither the “aliens” nor immigrants.


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