For centuries, Nicholas of Myra, St. Nicholas, has been the patron of
Russia. It is claimed that Vladimir the Great, Prince of Russia, went to Constantinople in the early eleventh century to be baptized. On his return, he
brought back tales of the wonder of Nicholas. Thus, Nicholas was chosen as the protector of a country that covers on sixth of the surface of the world.
Many churches in Russia were dedicated to him, and his name has been a favorite for boys in every station of life from that of lowliest pheasant to the
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