Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow

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Saint Tikhon, 11th Patriarch of Moscow and of All Russia
Confessor, Patriarch of Moscow, Apostle to America
Born(1865-01-31)31 January 1865
Klin (Toropets district, Pskov Province), Russian Empire
Died7 April 1925(1925-04-07) (aged 60)
Moscow, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Venerated inEastern Orthodoxy, Episcopal Church (USA)
Major shrineDonskoy Monastery, Moscow

Saint Tikhon of Moscow was a patriarch of Moscow in the beginning of the Soviet Union. His name, before he became a saint, was Vasily Ivanovich Bellavin(Russian: Василий Иванович Беллавин). He was canonized by the Synod of Bishops. It is possible that the character of the elder Zosimov in the Russian novel The Brothers Karamazov was influenced by him.