"To Present a List of Russian Orthodox Churches Abroad and the Clergy Attached to Them..." Based on the Materials of the St. Petersburg Archives

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Abstract

The article is based on documents from the Russian State Historical Archive and the Central State Historical Archive of St. Petersburg that have not previously been used by researchers, which contains information about the priests served in Russian Orthodox churches in Italy in the 1860-s. It was then that cities Naples, Florence and Rome were visited by the great Russian writer F.M. Dostoevsky. His travels had coincided with a profound transformation of the government of the overseas churches and updating the staff list of priests. When choosing priests for ministry outside Russia special attention was paid to their education. Today there is no documentary evidence of personal communication between the writer and the clergy, but to analyze the situation and activities of Russian Orthodox churches abroad seems appropriate, because Dostoevsky's interest in all events that took place in Italy was great throughout his life.

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Keywords: F.M. Dostoevsky, Italy, RGIA, TSGIA of St. Petersburg, Orthodox Churches, Holy Synod, holy clergy

Journal rubric: World Literature. Textology

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/langt.2021080106

Funding. The reported study was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), project number 18-012-90034 «Dostoevskii i Italiya».

For citation: Shvarts N.V. "To Present a List of Russian Orthodox Churches Abroad and the Clergy Attached to Them..." Based on the Materials of the St. Petersburg Archives [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2021. Vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 48–56. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2021080106. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Natalya V. Shvarts, Secretary, Russian Dostoevsky Society, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8279-0023, e-mail: nshwartz@list.ru

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