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The '''[[New Martyrs]] and [[Confessor]]s Confessors of Russia''' were Orthodox Faithful who suffered during the Soviet period (1917 to 1991) for their faith.
The [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]] [[Glorification|glorified]] the [[New Martyrs ]] and [[Confessors ]] of Russia in 1981. Immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the [[Church of Russia|Russian Church]] under the leadership of [[Alexei II (Ridiger) of Moscow|Patriarch Alexei II]] began glorifying some of the New Martyr's, beginning with [[Elizabeth the New Martyr|the Grand Duchess Elizabeth]], [[Vladimir (Bogoyavlensky) of Kiev and Gallich|Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev]], and Metropolitan Benjamin of Petrograd in 1992.<ref>[[Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia|Timothy Ware]], The Orthodox Church, New Edition, (London: Penguin Books, 1997), p. 164, see also [http://www.allsaintsofamerica.org/martyrs/nmruss.html New Martyrs, Confessors, and Passion-Bearers of Russia]</ref> In 2000, the All-Russian Council glorified Tsar [[Nicholas II of Russia|Nicholas II]] and his family, as well as many other New Martyrs.<ref>Sophia Kishkovsky, [http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/05/16/europe/16russ.php?page=2 Russian Orthodox Church is set to mend a bitter schism], International Herald Tribune, May 16, 2007; [http://www.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/0008f.html#31 Second day of bishops' council: Nicholas' canonization approved], Communications Service, Department of External Church Relations, Moscow Patriarchate, 14 August 2000</ref> More names continue to be added to list of New Martyrs, after the Synodal Canonization Commission completes its investigation of each case.<ref>Maxim Massalitin,[http://www.pravoslavie.ru/enarticles/040106180408 The New Martyrs Unify Us: Interview with Archpriest Georgy Mitrofanov, participant of the All-Diaspora Pastoral Conference in Nyack (December 8-12, 2003)], Pravoslavie.ru, December 13, 2003</ref>
The Russian Church celebrates the feast of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia on the Sunday nearest [[January 25]]th (o.s.) / February 7th (n.s.) -- the date Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev's martyrdom (the first Hieromartyr of the Bolshevik Yoke).
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