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Lipovans or Lippovans (Old Faith Believers, Old Rite Followers) are a small (about 40,000) Slavic ethnic group of Russian origin residing in the delta of the Danube River in Tulcea county of eastern Romania.

They emigrated from Russia over 200 years ago as dissenters with the mainline Russian Orthodox Church. They settled along the Prut River in modern Ukraine and in the Danube delta. They have maintained strong religious traditions that predate the reforms of the Russian Orthodox Church undertaken during the reign of Patriarch Nikon.

See also


  • Second-Hand Souls: Selected Writing by Nichita Danilov (translated from Romanian by Sean Cotter), [1] (http://www.traktor.cz/twisted/second.html)
  • Les Lipovenes, qui sont-ils?, in the French language, [2] (http://membres.lycos.fr/bucovine/page4.html)
  • Council of Europe: Romanian Site of Citizenship, [3] (http://www.coe.int/T/e/Cultural_Co-operation/Education/E.D.C/Documents_and_publications/By_country/Romania/romanian_site.asp)
  • Agnosticism/Atheism with Austin Cline: Romania: Religious Freedom Report 1999 [4] (http://atheism.about.com/library/irf/irf99/blirf_romania99.htm) at About.com

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The Russian Lipovans from Romania is an ethnic population of Russian origin.
During the five centuries of Ottoman occupation of Dobrogea, the Russian Lipovans were not forced to convert to Islamism and their church was officially recognized.
According to the 2002 census, there is an estimated number of Russian Lipovans of 35 791, of 8 900 Russians, representing 1.7% of the country's population.
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According to the 2002 Romanian census there are a total of 35,791 Lipovans in Romania, of whom 21,623 still live in Dobrogea.
The main centre of Lipovan community in Ukraine is Vilkovo.
In order to construct their homes, the Lipovans created islets of dry land by digging mud out from trenches and put into work a series of canals.
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