Vladimir Lozina-Lozinsky

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Vladimir Konstantinovich Lozina-Lozinsky (Владимир Константинович Лозина-Лозинский) was archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church. He was canonised in 2000 as Hieromartyr.

He was born May 26, 1885 in Dukhovshchina, Smolensk Governorate, in a family of doctors. His mother Varvara Karlovna, née. Scheidemann, the daughter of Lieutenant-General, the hero of the Crimean War, the commander of the artillery in the assault Evpatoria, descended from russified wealthy German family. She was one of the first women in Russia who receive a medical degree. She Graduated from Female medical courses at the Nicholas military hospital. His father was a doctor in the Putilov factory.

In 1888 she contracted typhus and died. The family moved to St. Petersburg. Vladimir was extraordinarily kind and unselfish child. He was inherent innate aristocracy, he is well spoken european languages.

In 1904, Vladimir graduated from high school of the Imperial Philanthropic Society, and immediately entered the law faculty of the University. In 1910 he began his service in the Senate. Simultaneously, the young lawyer went on to study history of archives and two years later he graduated from the Institute of Archaeology.

When began the World War I, Vladimir tried to get to the front, but was not taken into active service for health reasons. In his position as assistant chief of the Petrograd Sanitary motorcade he direct the transporting of wounded people from St. Petersburg train stations to hospitals.

In 1917, the Bolsheviks closed the Senate, and Vladimir got a job as the statistician on the Moscow-Rybinsk Railway.

The desire to become a priest took shape under the influence of Russian disaster of 1917. He first announced his decision to become a priest in the days when godless power started the open persecution of the Church. On his decision to Vladimir announced in 1918, in the days when was arrested and then shooted close to Lozina-Lozinsky priest - Abbot Theodore Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo, Fr. Alexander Vasilyev - last confessor of the Royal Family.

In 1920, Vladimir was admitted to the first year of the Theological Institute in St. Petersburg, and in November filed a petition for ordination. After his ordination, he served in the University Church of All Saints in 1923, he was rector of the church.

He constantly arrested: in 1924 on the case of "Spasskoye Brotherhood", then in February 1925 (sentenced to ten years in labor camps on charges of monarchical plot and serving the memorial services (панихида) with the commemoration of the Imperial Family). Father Vladimir and another 34 people sentenced to death, but then expelled for ten years to the Solovetsky concentration camp.

First, he served time in Solovki. Father Vladimir took camp life humbly and meekly, he was friendly and kind. According to the memoirs fellow prisoners oа Solovki, aristocratism of his behavior did not disappear even then, "he weigh out stinking fish" in a food stall and carried parcels or washing toilets.

He was friends with father John Steblin-Kamensky and Michael Yavorsky arrested on "case of Orthodox Brotherhoods" and arrived at Solovki before him. Subsequently, they also accepted a martyr's death.

At Solovki Father Vladimir visited by relatives, who have achieved reduction of sentence: in November 1928 at the conclusion of the camp was replaced five years exile in Siberia.

After spending several months in a transit prison in Leningrad, father was sent to a remote village Pyanovo, which is 150 kilometers from the city of Bratsk, Irkutsk oblast. Along with father Vladimir in the same village lived in exile bishop Basil (Zelentsov), an implacable opponent of Metropolitan Sergius.

After his release Father Vladimir served in Novgorod, he became rector of the Cathedral of Archangel Michael's (1934-1935). Ruling Bishop of Novgorod diocese was then the Archbishop Benedict (Plotnikov), familiar to father Vladimir on joint service in Petrograd.

On 14 may 1936 archpriest Vladimir was arrested again, sent for examination to the regional hospital for the mentally ill, where he found sane.

On 8 December 1937 with a group of parishioners he was arrested again by Article 58 as a member of the "people's democracy based on neostate capitalism". Archpriest Vladimir Lozina-Lozinski "pleaded not guilty, the existence of this group has not confirmed and no one slander.

26 december of the same year in Novgorod he was shooted by desision of special troika of 19 december. Place of burial unknown.