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St. Petersburg Student Christian Movement founded — November 18, 1899

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This week marks the anniversary of when the St. Petersburg Student Christian Movement, a prominent and influential religious organization within Russia, was founded.

The movement was the product of a meeting between Baron Paul Nicolay, a Lutheran nobleman from Finland, and several others at the home of a St. Petersburg bookseller.

“For two years the sum of the group’s efforts was to hold weekly Bible studies in Nicolay’s house. Then in 1902 several students converted to Christianity and a few Orthodox joined the group. The movement began to spread throughout Russian universities,” noted the Christian History Institute.

“Although the Orthodox Church opposed the ‘foreign’ movement, it grew steadily until crushed during the Communist takeover in 1917.”  

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