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date: 22 September 2018

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This article discusses the history of Russian witchcraft trials, which were characterized by a high percentage of men among the accused, relatively infrequent discussion of diabolism, and harsh, inquisitorial legal procedures. The distinctive political, religious, and social history of Russia in the early modern period, its relative cultural isolation, the teachings of Orthodox Christianity, and the inescapable pressures of social hierarchy, bondage, and dependency, all left their imprint on the trials.

Keywords: witchcraft trials, witchcraft prosecutions, Orthodox Christianity, social hierarchy, bondage

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