List of Russian Saints: History
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This list of Russian saints includes the saints canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian saints canonized by other Orthodox Churches. Saints are sorted by their first names. A more complete list of saints:

  • List of Russian saints (until 15th century)
  • List of Russian saints (since 15th century)
  • orthodox
  • saints

1. Alphabetical List

1.1. A

  • Abraham and Coprius of Gryazovets (XV century), founders of the monastery in Gryazovets
  • Abraham and Onesimus of Kiev Caves, 12th- and 13th-century monks from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
  • Abraham of Bulgaria (d. 1229), Muslim-born convert from Volga Bulgaria, killed for his conversion, martyr
  • Abraham of Galich, hegumen, founder of four monasteries on Lake Chukhloma in Kostroma Oblast
  • Abraham of Mirozha, a 12th-century abbot of the Mirozhsky Monastery at Pskov
  • Abraham of Rostov, founder of the Abraham Epiphany Monastery in Rostov
  • Abraham of Smolensk, 12th-century monk and icon-painter, justified by a miracle and acquitted against the charges leveled against him
  • Adrian of Poshekhonye, monk and iconographer, the founder and first hegumen of the Dormition Monastery in Poshekhonye
  • Agapetus of the Kiev Caves, 11th-century monk and doctor from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, who healed Prince Vladimir Monomach
  • Alexander Hotovitzky, Orthodox missionary in the United States, martyr executed by Bolsheviks
  • Alexander Nevsky, Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Vladimir, military hero famous for the Battle of Neva and the Battle of the Ice, patron saint and considered by a poll to be the greatest person in Russian history
  • Alexander Schmorell, martyr, one of White Rose founders, he was active against Germany's Nazi regime.
  • Alexander Svirsky, monk in the Valaam Monastery and the founder of Alexander-Svirsky Monastery
  • Alexis of Wilkes-Barre, a missionary in the American Midwest who converted approximately 20,000 Eastern Rite Catholics to the Russian Orthodox Church
  • Alexius, Metropolitan of Moscow, Metropolitan of Kiev, Moscow and all Russia, regent during Prince Dmitry Donskoy's minority, spiritual tutor of Dmitry Donskoy and Vladimir the Bold, saved the country from a Tatar raid by miraculous curing of Taydulla, wife of Khan Jani Beg the Golden Horde
  • Alypius of the Caves, 11th-century monk from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, one of the first Russian icon painters
  • Ambrose of Optina, starets of the Optina Monastery, founder of the Shamordino Convent
  • Ambrosius Gudko, bishop of Sarapul and Yelabuga before the Russian Revolution of 1917
  • Andrew Rublev, most famous Russian icon-painter, author of the Trinity
  • Andronic Nikolsky, archbishop of Perm, hieromartyr killed during the Russian Revolution of 1917
  • Anna of Kashin, medieval princess, wife of Mikhail of Tver, was twice canonized as a holy protectress of women who suffer the loss of relatives, having lost all her relatives due to wars with the Golden Horde
  • Anthony, John, and Eustathios, martyrs executed by pagan Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas
  • Anthony of Kiev, co-founder of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the first monastery in Russia
  • Anthony of Siya, founder of the Antonievo-Siysky Monastery
  • Arsenius Matseyevich, archbishop of Rostov who protested against the confiscation of the church's land by Empress Catherine II in 1764, was deprived of his office and imprisoned in a fortress until his death
  • Artemius of Verkola, 16th-century child saint whose body showed no sign of decay
  • Athanasius of Brest-Litovsk, martyr killed by Catholics for opposition to the Union of Brest in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
  • Athanasius Sakharov, bishop of Kovrov, leader of Catacomb Church, who join to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1945

1.2. B

  • Barbara Yakovleva, nun and sister of mercy in the convent of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna, killed by the Bolsheviks along with several Romanov Princes
  • Barlaam of Chikoy, 19th-century missionary in Transbaikal
  • Barlaam of Kiev, the first abbot of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra
  • Barlaam of Khutyn, founder of the Khutyn Monastery in Novgorod Republic
  • Barsanuphius of Optina, archimandrite, starets of Optina Pustyn
  • Basil the Blessed, fool for Christ who gave his name to St. Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square (actually the correct name is the Cathedral of the Intercession or Pokrovsky Sobor)
  • Basil Kalika, 14th-century icon-painter and Archbishop of Novgorod who was elected by the veche and reinvigorated the office
  • Basil of Pavlovsky Posad, mid-19th-century factory worker who turned multiple Old Believers into Russian Orthodoxy
  • Benjamin of Petrograd, metropolitan of Petrograd
  • Boris and Gleb, children of Vladimir the Great, the first saints canonized in Kievan Rus'

1.3. C

  • Charitina of Lithuania, noblewoman from the pagan Grand Duchy of Lithuania who became a nun in Novgorod
  • Constantine of Murom, 11th-century Prince of Murom who baptized Muromian pagans
  • Cyprian, Metropolitan of Moscow, Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia who united the churches of the Grand Duchy of Moscow and Grand Duchy of Lithuania for a period
  • Cyrill of Turov, bishop of Turov, one of the first and finest theologians and writers of Kievan Rus'

1.4. D

  • Daniel of Moscow, the first Grand Prince of Moscow, founder of the first Moscow monasteries (Epiphany Monastery and Danilov Monastery)
    Herman of Alaska.
  • Daumantas of Pskov, ruler of Pskov who made the city independent from Novgorod Republic, defender of Russia from the Livonian Order
  • Demetrius Donskoy, war hero, the first Prince of Moscow to openly challenge Mongol authority in Russia, famous for the Battle of Kulikovo
  • Demetrius of Rostov, a leading opponent of the Caesaropapist reform of the Russian Orthodox church promoted by Theofan Prokopovich and Peter I, major religious writer
  • Demetrius of Uglich, son of Ivan the Terrible, mysteriously died or killed, later impersonated by the impostors False Dmitry I and False Dmitry II during the Time of Troubles

1.5. E

  • Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, senior sister of the last Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, became a prominent nun after her husband was murdered by revolutionary terrorists, founded the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent
  • Ephraim of Pereyaslavl, Metropolitan of Kiev and All-Rus' in the late 11th century
  • Epiphanius the Wise, a monk from Rostov, disciple of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, hagiographer of Saint Sergius and Saint Stephen of Perm
  • Eudoxia of Moscow, wife of Dmitry Donskoy, healer, founded the Ascension Monastery and the Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos, the oldest surviving building in Moscow
  • Euphrosyne of Polatsk, granddaughter of a prince of Polotsk, Vseslav, owner of Cross of Saint Euphrosyne
  • Euphrosynus of Pskov, 15th-century monk from Snetogorsky Monastery who founded a monastic community near Pskov
  • Euthymius II of Novgorod, Archbishop of Novgorod in the 15th century, major patron of arts

1.6. F

  • Feodor Kuzmich, starets who according to a legend was in fact Alexander I of Russia who faked his death to become a hermit
  • Fyodor Ushakov, the most illustrious Russian admiral of the 18th century, did not lose a single ship in 43 battles

1.7. G

  • Gabriel of Belostok, 17th-century child saint
  • Gennadius of Novgorod, compiled the first complete codex of the Bible in Slavic, the Gennady Bible
  • German of Kazan and Svyazhsk, was second bishop of Kazan

1.8. H

  • Herman of Alaska, one of the first Eastern Orthodox missionaries to the New World, patron saint of the Americas
  • Herman of Solovki, one of the founders of the Solovetsky Monastery
  • Herman of Valaam, preached Christianity to Karelians and Finns, co-founder of the Valaam Monastery
  • Hermogenes Dolganyov, hieromartyr, Bishop of Tobolsk and Siberia, killed during the Russian Revolution
  • Hilarion of Kiev, the first non-Greek Metropolitan of Kiev, the author of the Sermon on Law and Grace, one of the earliest Slavonic texts known
  • Hilarion Troitsky, archbishop of Vereya, one of the greatest Russian theologians of the early 20th century

1.9. I

  • Igor II of Kiev, Grand Prince of Kiev turned monk, martyr
  • Prince Igor Constantinovich of Russia, a member of the Romanov family, killed by Bolsheviks
  • Ilia Muromets, a medieval warrior, and in later life a monk of Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
  • Ignatius Bryanchaninov, bishop of Caucassus, major 19th-century spiritual writer
  • Innocent of Irkutsk, a missionary to Siberia and the first bishop of Irkutsk
  • Irenarch of Rostov, a 16th-century hermit of Rostov, mystic and visionary, a companion of John the Hairy
  • Isaiah of Rostov, 11th-century missionary, the second bishop of Rostov

1.10. J

John of Kronstadt.
  • Jacob Netsvetov, a Russian native of the Aleutian Islands who became a priest and missionary among Alaskan peoples
  • Joachim the Korsunian, the first bishop of Novgorod the Great and builder of the original wooden Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod
  • Joasaph of Belgorod, an 18th-century bishop of Belgorod, canonized in 1911 for the miraculous cures attributed to his relics
  • Job of Maniava, defender of Russian Orthodoxy in Ukraine, the founder of Maniava Skit
  • Job of Pochayiv, defender of Russian Orthodoxy in Ukraine, a prominent hegumen and builder of Pochayiv Lavra
  • John the Hairy, 16th-century yurodivy (fool-for-Christ), a companion of Irenarch of Rostov
  • John Kochurov, early 20th-century Orthodox missionary to the United States, later hieromartyr killed by Bolsheviks during the October Revolution
  • John of Kronstadt, patron saint of St Petersburg, mystic and religious writer
  • John of Moscow, fool-for-Christ and wonderworker of Moscow during the reign of Boris Godunov
  • John of Novgorod, highly venerated 12th-century Archbishop of Novgorod
  • John of Pskov, a hermit living in Pskov at the turn of the 16th to 17th century
  • John the Russian, one of the most renowned saints in the Greek Orthodox Church, 18th-century Russian prisoner of war in the Ottoman Empire, wonderworker respected even by Muslims
  • John of Shanghai and San Francisco, wonderworker, archbishop and most known missionary of Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

  • Nicholas of Japan.
  • John of Tobolsk, founder of Chernigov Collegium, missionary in Siberia and metropolitan bishop of Tobolsk
  • Jonah of Manchuria, diocesan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia who served in Northern China in the years immediately following the Bolshevik Revolution
  • Jonah of Moscow, the first independent Metropolitan of Moscow and all Russia appointed without the approval of the Patriarch of Constantinople
  • Joseph Volotsky, prominent caesaropapist ideologist, founder of Joseph-Volokolamsk Monastery
  • Juliana of Lazarevo, 16th-century saint, famous for helping poor and needy people, a hero of the book written by her son
  • Juvenaly of Alaska, Protomartyr of United States , a member of the first group of Orthodox missionaries to Alaska killed by Yupik natives

1.11. K

  • Kirill of Beloozero, founder of Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery
  • Kuksha of the Kiev Caves, a 12th-century monk and martyr from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, killed while spreading Christianity among pagan Vyatichi
  • Kuksha of Odessa, 20th-century saint in the Soviet Union

1.12. L

  • Luke Wojno-Jasieniecki, archbishop of Crimea, outstanding surgeon, the founder of purulent surgery, spiritual writer
  • Luke Zhidiata, the first Russian-born bishop of the Russian church (all previous ones had been Greek)

1.13. M

  • Macarius of Unzha, founder of several monasteries, including the Makaryev Monastery
  • Maria Skobtsova, noblewoman, poet, nun, and member of the French Resistance during World War II (canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate)
  • Mark of the Caves, a famous cave-digger in the Kiev Pechersk Monastery
  • Maxim Sandovich, protomartyr of the Lemko people, an Orthodox priest was executed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire as a russophile
  • Maximus the Greek, 16th-century scholar, humanist and translator
  • Michael of Chernigov, powerful Kievan prince killed by Mongol-Tatars for his adherence to the Christian faith
  • Michael of Kiev, first metropolitan of Kiev after Baptism of Rus
  • Michael of Klop, 15th-century fool-for-Christ and wonderworker
  • Michael of Tver, Grand Prince of Vladimir
    Seraphim of Sarov.
    killed by Mongol-Tatars
  • Mitrophan of Voronezh was the first bishop of Voronezh
  • Moses the Hungarian, 11th-century monk in the Kiev Cave Monastery, who spent 7 years as Polish prisoner after the 1018 Kiev Expedition
  • Matrona of Anemnyasevo, 20th-century saint
  • Matrona of Moscow, 20th-century saint, which claims that, from early childhood, she had the gift of prophecy, spiritual vision, and healing

1.14. N

  • Nicetas of Novgorod, an 11th-century monk from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra who became wonderworker and bishop of Novgorod
  • Nicetas Stylites, 12th-century hermit and healer who bound himself in chains and enclosed himself within a pillar, thus the title 'stylites'
  • Nicholas Salos of Pskov, 16th-century fool-for-Christ who reprimanded Tsar Ivan the Terrible and saved the city of Pskov from Tsar's atrocity
  • Nestor the Chronicler, author of the Primary Chronicle (the earliest East Slavic chronicle) and several hagiographies
  • Nicholas II of Russia, the last Russian Emperor, killed during the Russian Civil War with all his family; recently the whole family were beatified as new-martyrs
  • Nicholas of Japan, archbishop an translator, who introduced the Eastern Orthodox Church to Japan
  • Nikon the Dry, 11th-century monk from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, captured and enslaved by nomads and released by miracle
  • Nilus of Sora, founder of Non-possessors movement

1.15. O

  • Olga of Kiev, the first woman ruler of Rus' (regent), the first Christian among the Russian rulers
  • Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, the eldest daughter of Nicholas II of Russia and the oldest of Anastasia’s sisters.

1.16. P

  • Paisius Velichkovsky, 18th-century monk and theologian who helped spread staretsdom or the concept of the spiritual elder to the Slavic world.
  • Paisius Yaroslavov, 15th-century monk, starets and the author of the Take of the Kamenny Monastery
  • Paul of Taganrog, 19th-century pilgrim and wonderworker
  • Peter the Aleut, 19th-century martyr in Russian America, allegedly a baptized native of the Kodiak Island (one of the Aleutian Islands), killed by Spanish Catholics (canonized by OCA)
  • Peter and Fevronia, saint married couple, an ideal of the family love and fidelity
  • Peter Mogila, 17th-century Metropolitan of Kiev, theologician, educator and printer
  • Peter Polyansky, Metropolitan of Krutitsy, locum tenens of Russian Orthodox Church
  • Procopius of Ustyug, 13th-century fool for Christ and miracle worker

1.17. R

  • Raphael of Brooklyn, bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in America and founder of the main cathedral of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

1.18. S

  • Sabbas of Storozhi, founder of Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery
  • Sabbatius of Solovki, co-founder of the Solovetsky Monastery
    Sergius of Radonezh.
  • Seraphim of Sarov, mystic and patron saint of Russia, the greatest of the 19th-century startsy
  • Serapion of Novgorod, Archbishop of Novgorod in the 16th century, known for his conflict with Joseph Volotsky
  • Sergius of Radonezh, patron saint of Russia, spiritual and monastic reformer, founder of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, blessed Dmitry Donskoy for the Battle of Kulikovo
  • Sergius of Valaam, brought Christianity to Karelians and Finns, co-founder of the Valaam Monastery
  • Silouan the Athonite, Russian-born Atos monk, called: "the most authentic monk of the twentieth century” by Thomas Merton
  • Simon Shleyov, hieromartyr, bishop of Okhta, theologisian and the most notable apologist of edinoverie in the early 20th century
  • Sophia of Suzdal, the first wife of Grand Prince of Moscow Vasily III
  • Stephan of Perm, 14th-century missionary, credited with the conversion of the Komi Permyaks to Christianity and the invention of Old Permic script
  • Sylvester of the River Obnora, 15th-century hermit who lived on the banks of the Obnora River

1.19. T

  • Theodore the Black, 13th-century Prince of Yaroslavl, Smolensk and Mozhaysk, who ended his life as a monk and deeply repented his alliance with Mongol invaders
  • Theodore the Varangian and his son John, the first known martyrs in Rus'
  • Theodosius of Kiev, co-founder of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the first monastery in Russia
  • Theophan the Recluse, major 19th-century theologian who played an important role in translating the Philokalia from Church Slavonic into Russian
  • Therapont of White Lake, founder of Ferapontov Monastery
  • Tikhon of Kaluga, founder of the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery in Kaluga
  • Tikhon of Moscow, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, notable missionary, fighter against the so-called Living Church, first saint of the 20th century, who canonized of Russian Orthodox Church
  • Tikhon of Zadonsk, bishop and spiritual writer, the most important 18th-century religious educator in Russia
  • Tryphon of Pechenga, founder of the Pechenga Monastery on the Kola Peninsula

1.20. V

  • Vladimir I of Kiev "the Great", Kievan Prince who turned from pagan to saint and enacted the Christianization of Kievan Rus'
  • Vsevolod of Pskov, medieval Prince and a patron saint of Pskov

1.21. X

  • Xenia of Saint Petersburg, fool for Christ, patron saint of St Petersburg who gave all her possessions to the poor and wandered for 45 years around the streets
  • Xenophon of Robeika, 13th-century monk, hermit and hegumen of the Khutyn Monastery

1.22. Y

  • Yegor Chekryakovsky, priest and a starets, spiritual heir of Saint Ambrose of Optina
  • Yuri II of Vladimir, Grand Prince of Vladimir during the Mongol invasion of Rus', died in the Battle of the Sit River

1.23. Z

  • Zosima of Solovki, one of the founders of the Solovetsky Monastery

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