The Renovationist Coup: Personalities and Programmes

  • Philip Walters
Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)


Who were the Renovationists, and what did they want? There is clear continuity between the Renovationist movement and the church renewal movement of the years before the Revolution. Firstly, there was continuity of ideas between some of the Renovationists and members of the pre-revolutionary ‘church intelligentsia’ who were beginning to distinguish themselves from the atheist or anti-clerical intelligentsia of the nineteenth century by their reconciliation with religion.1 Secondly, individuals who were later to be active in Renovationism participated in various pre-revolutionary social and political groupings involving clergy—notably the ‘Group of 32’ priests of the 1905 Revolution, and the ‘League of Democratic Clergy and Laymen’ founded in March 1917.


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