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Island Mochalny (Russian: Мочальный остров) is an island in the Volga River opposite of the mergence of the Volga and Oka Rivers between the cities of Nizhny Novgorod and Bor. The island was a place of massive executions during communist "Red terror" and repressions.
According to researchers more than 5,000 clergymen and laymen were killed on the island between the summer of 1918 and the end of the 1930s. Some of them have been canonised and glorified as New Martyrs. Also other victims of political repressions were killed on the island. Bodies of those murdered were thrown into the river. A memorial stone cross has been erected on the island, and regular requiems are now served. Soon a church dedicated to Faith, Hope, Love, and their Mother Sophia will be built on the island. .
Some names of new martyrs that already have been glorified by Church and found a place of last rest on the island of Mochalny are:
- +November 6, 1918 Bishop Lavrenty (Knyazev), archpriests Alexey Porfiriev and Aleksey Neidgardt who were shot in the city itself, and then their bodies were thrown down into the water on the island)