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Boris and Gleb
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(died Jul 15 and Sep 15, 1015, resp.), the first Russian saints to be canonized, the sons of St. Vladimir, were murdered after his death on the orders of their half-brother Svjatopolk. Another half-brother, Jaroslav, became their avenger and, after his victory over Svjatopolk, promoted the cult of his murdered half-brothers. They are venerated as “sufferers,” who for Christ's sake rejected armed resistance.


L. Müller, ed., Die altrussischen hagiographischen Erzählungen und liturgischen Dichtungen über die heiligen Boris und Gleb, 19…

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Müller, Ludolf, “Boris and Gleb”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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