Wjetkars a small branch of Russian dissenters, who, about A.D. 1730, during a time of persecution, took refuge in the islands of Wjetka, in a small river between Russia and Poland, from which circumstance they derive their name. Here they formed a separate community and built two monasteries, from which some of them migrated, fifty years later, to Poland, and built a church and convent at Tschernoboltz. They belonged originally to the Popoftschins and their chief peculiarity is that they will not take oaths nor offer prayer for the emperor.

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