The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
instruments for religious self-mortification; iron or copper chains, rings, shackles, and so forth carried by penitents and zealots and used for the “mortification of the flesh.” The word verigi originally meant “prison shackles and chains.”
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.