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Vadim Mikhailovich Shavrov

Vadim Shavrov, USSR Church historian.


  • Shavrov, Vadim was born in 1924 in Moscow.

  • Career

    • In his youth, a fanatical communist. Served in the Soviet Navy during World War II. Arrested, 1948 (in connection with the arrest of his father), sentenced to 10 years in the Gulag camps. Released, 1954. Entered Odessa seminary, 1955.

      Later became well-known in samizdat, writing on religious subjects. Gave a detailed description of his own conversion from militant atheist to Christian believer. Co-writer (with Krasnov-Levitin) of a 3-volume history of the Living Church schism in the Orthodox church (an attempt to subvert the church from within).

      Placed into a special psychiatric clinic, 1982. Released shortly before his death.
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    Born 1924
    Died 1983
    (aged 59)