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New Martyrs of Optina Pustyn

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In the year 1993 the whole Orthodox world was shocked by a tragic event, which had happened in [[Optina Monastery|Optina Hermitage]]: three inhabitants of the monastery were brutely murdered on Easter night. They were Hieromonk Vasily (Roslyakov), Monk Ferapont (Pushkarev) and Monk Trophim (Tatarinov). According to the investigator, the murderer Nikolay Averin inflicted the injuries with unusual professionalism, ''“deliberately — they were not too deep — to make the victim bleed to death over a long time”.'' The knife was double-edged, five centimeters wide, and resembled a sword. It was engraved on its blade with “ 666” and “satan”.
 
 
== NEW MARTYRS OF THE OPTINA PUSTYN ==
''Prepared by Tatyana Shvetsova''
This program is a narrative about three martyrs from the Optina Pustyn monastery, in Central Russia. All three monks were killed by a satanist on Easter night in 1993. We would like to pay homage to the memory of these three remarkable people, hoping their story will serve to strengthen the spirit of many Christians, who sincerely embrace the Faith.
The decree announcing the return of [[Optina Monastery|Optina Pustyn ]] to the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church ]] was signed on November 17, 1987. That moment marks the beginning of the revival of this holy sanctuary.
===Hieromonk Vasily (Igor Roslyakov)===
==External Links==
* Orthodoxy and the World, Russian Orthodox Church. '''[http://www.pravmir.com/article_127.html New Russian Martyrs: Optyna martyrs]''' June 21, 2006.
 
* '''[http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&rt=115&p= THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE FROM MOSCOW]''', ''The Voice of Russia''.
* '''[http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&rt=165&p= SPIRITUAL FLOWERBED]''', ''The Voice of Russia''.
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