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[[Image:Optina new martyrs5.jpg|right|thumb|New Martyrs of Optina Pustyn.]]
In the year 1993 the Orthodox world was shocked by a tragic event, which had happened in [[Optina Monastery|Optina Hermitage]]: three inhabitants of the [[monastery]] were brutally murdered on Easter night. They were [[Hieromonk]] Vasily [[Basil (Roslyakov)]], [[Monk]] Ferapont [[Therapont (PushkarevPushkaryov) ]] 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."
This is a narrative about three [[martyr]]s 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.
==Hieromonk Vasily (Igor Roslyakov)==
The first person we'd like to tell you about is Muscovite Igor Roslyakov, one of those who began the process of this revival.