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  • 1. They were Turkic nomads of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, whose image survived due to Russian folklore.
  • 2. Dobroslav was the pagan name of Alexei Dobrovol’sky (1938-2013), one of the founders of Russian Neo-paganism.
  • 3. Veleslav is his adopted pagan name.
  • 4. Here “Tradition” is viewed in an esoteric way, as a primordial tradition that gave birth to all other traditions (Sedgwick 2004). Hence a capital “T” is used.
  • 5. Based on the author’s interview with Ilia Cherkasov in Fall 1998. Also see Cherkasov (1998: 72-73).
  • 6. He indiscriminately associated West with Evil and the Kingdom of Death, the direction from which “murderers” always come (Arinushkin and Cherkasov 1998: 46).
  • 7. Selidor is his adopted pagan name.
  • 8. Dobroslav is his adopted pagan name.
  • 9. Yet, some meticulous pagans have revealed that he borrowed many ideas from the “Moscow Templars,” an esoteric organization destroyed by the secret police in the late 1920s. See Pravda (2012).
  • 10. Miroliubov (1892-1970) left Russia after the Civil War and lived in Belgium.
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