The ‘Renovationists’ and the Soviet State

  • Mikhail Vitalievich Shkarovskiy
Part of the Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies book series (CHARIS)


The problem of relations between the revolutionary state and the ‘revolutionary clergy’ is associated with the task of studying so-called renovationism (obnovlentshestvo), a reform movement in the Russian Orthodox Church in the first half of the twentieth century. The movement had three main stages of development: 1905–1907, 1917–1918, and 1922–1923, each of which had its own distinctive characteristics, markedly different from the others, in spite some things in common. The potential for reform in the Russian Orthodox Church was not as considerable as it had seemed in the early twentieth century. Having encountered numerous political, economic, and ideological problems, the renewed Church proved unable to stay in the historical arena. It gradually lost its ground and disappeared finally in 1946.


Soviet state Renovationism Russian Orthodox Church 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikhail Vitalievich Shkarovskiy
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  1. 1.Central State Archive of St. PetersburgSaint PetersburgRussia

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