The article analyzes religious processes in the north of the Russian Empire based on the materials of the well-known religious scholar A.S. Prugavin. In particular, the question of Old Believers as a special category of believers in the European North is being considered. The researcher revealed the role of the Old Believers for a given territory through the formation of their historical memory, interaction with the outside world at the “person-to-person” level and the everyday component of the old believe life. The author bases his analysis based on the works collected and partially published by Prugavin himself (including archival data from the populist personal fund), and also attracts additional archival, journalistic and research materials. As a result, Pruhavin pointed out that the Old Believers played a special role for the European North and made a significant contribution to the development of both the region and the designated society as a whole in the empire.
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