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Island Mochalny (Russian: Мочальный остров) is a island on the Volga opposite of the mergence of the Volga and Oka rivers between the cities of Nizhny Novgorod and Bor, a place of massive shootings during communist "Red terror" and repressions.
Ones of first victims who were killed here were 15 monks of Oransky Monastery and their father superior Archimandrite Augustine shot in night between August 17 and 18 in 1918.
According to researchers total over 5000 clergimen and laymen were killed here from the summer of 1918 till the end of the '30s. Some of them have been canonised and glorified as New Martyrs. Also here other victims of political repressions were killed. Bodies of the murdered was been thrown down into the river. Now here a repentance stone cross has been erected, regularly requiems are served, and soon the church of Faith, Hope, Love, and their Mother Sophia will be built.
Here some names of new martyrs already having been glorified by Church, which found a place of last rest on the island of Mochalny:
- +November 6, 1918 bishop Lavrenty (Knyazev), archpriest Alexey Porfiriev and Aleksey Neidgardt (A comment: they were shot directly in the city and then their bodies were thrown down into the water on the island)