New Hieromartyr Father Vladimir Konstantinovich Lozina-Lozinsky ((Russian)
Владимир Константинович Лозина-Лозинский) May 26, 1885 - December 26, 1937, was an Archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church who was martyred during the Great Purge in the Soviet Union. He was canonised in 2000 as a Hieromartyr.
Father Vladimir was born on May 26, 1885 in Dukhovshchina, Smolensk Governorate, to a family of doctors. His mother Varvara Karlovna (née Scheidemann), was the daughter of a Lieutenant-General who was a hero of the Crimean War, the artillery commander in the Battle of Evpatoria, descended from a Russified wealthy German family. She was one of the first women in Russia who received a medical degree; she studied Female medicine and graduated from the St. Nicholas Military Hospital. His father, who was of Polish descent, was a doctor in the Putilov Plant.
In 1888 his mother contracted Typhus and died. The family then moved to St. Petersburg. Vladimir was an extraordinarily kind and unselfish child. He was characterized by an innate aristocracy, and was well versed in European languages.
In 1910 he began his service in the Senate. Simultaneously, the young lawyer studied the history of archives, and two years later he graduated from the St. Petersburg Archeological Institute.
When World War I began, Vladimir tried to get to the front, but was not accepted into active service due to health reasons. In his position as assistant chief of the Petrograd Sanitary Motorcade, he directed the transportation of wounded people from St. Petersburg train stations to hospitals.
In 1917, the Bolsheviks closed the Senate, and Vladimir got a job as the statistician on the Moscow-Rybinsk Railway.
The desire to become a priest took shape under the influence of Russian disaster of 1917. He first announced his decision to become a priest in the days when the godless power started the open persecution of the Church. On his decision to Vladimir announced in 1918, in the days when was arrested and then shot close to Lozina-Lozinsky priest - Abbot of Theodore Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo, Fr. Alexander Vasilyev - the last confessor of the Royal Family.
In 1920, Vladimir was admitted to the first year of the Theological Institute in St. Petersburg, and in November filed a petition for ordination. After his ordination, he served in the University's Church of All Saints in 1923, as Rector of the church.
He was constantly arrested: in 1924 on the case of "Spasskoye Brotherhood", then in February 1925 (sentenced to ten years in labor camps on charges of monarchical plot and serving the memorial services (панихида) with the commemoration of the Imperial Family). Father Vladimir and another 34 people sentenced to death, but then expelled for ten years to the Solovetsky concentration camp.
First, he served time in Solovki. Father Vladimir took camp life humbly and meekly, he was friendly and kind. According to the memoirs fellow prisoners oа Solovki, aristocratism of his behavior did not disappear even then, "he weigh out stinking fish" in a food stall and carried parcels or washing toilets.
He was friends with father John Steblin-Kamensky and Michael Yavorsky arrested on "case of Orthodox Brotherhoods" and arrived at Solovki before him. Subsequently, they also accepted a martyr's death.
At Solovki Father Vladimir visited by relatives, who have achieved reduction of sentence: in November 1928 at the conclusion of the camp was replaced five years exile in Siberia.
After spending several months in a transit prison in Leningrad, father was sent to a remote village Pyanovo, which is 150 kilometers from the city of Bratsk, Irkutsk oblast. Along with father Vladimir in the same village lived in exile bishop Basil (Zelentsov), an implacable opponent of Metropolitan Sergius.
After his release Father Vladimir served in Novgorod and became rector of the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael (1934-1935). The ruling Bishop of the Novgorod diocese at that time was Archbishop Benedict (Plotnikov), who was familiar to father Vladimir from joint service in Petrograd.
On May 14, 1936 Archpriest Vladimir was arrested again and sent for examination to the regional hospital for the mentally ill, where he found sane.
On December 8, 1937 he was arrested again along with with a group of parishioners, pursuant to Article 58, on the charges of being members of the "people's democracy based on neostate capitalism" group. Archpriest Vladimir Lozina-Lozinski pleaded not guilty, stating that the existence of this group was not confirmed and that he had slandered no one. However on December 19, he was sentenced to death by desision of the special "NKVD troika", and on December 26, 1937 he was shot in the Novgorod region.
The place of his burial remains unknown.
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