The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a term used in the Russian Orthodox Church since the 18th century to designate the bishop’s assistant responsible for supervising the clergy of one of the districts of an eparchy—the blagochinie.
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