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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Sep 6, 2008

      Old Believers make new friends
      Updated 19.34 Sat Sep 06 2008

      A secluded Siberian religious community has
      opened its doors to visitors for the first time.

      For nearly 250 years the Old Believers lived
      secretive lives in a remote part of eastern
      Russia. Now the 250,000-strong community is
      embracing tourism in a bid to boost the local economy

      The Christian sect split with the Russian
      Orthodox Church in the 17th century and endured
      persecution under the Bolshevik regime.

      Their brightly-coloured houses, traditional dress
      and rich cultural heritage have proved popular with sightseers.

      Movie clip available at the site

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