Saransk and Mordovia

Famous Countrymen
Famous Countrymen

Patriarch Nikon, the most influential reformer of the Russian Orthodox Church and his opponent Protopope Avvakum both were the Mordovians. There are many legends about Alena of Temnikov – the nun who joined the army of Stepan Razin and consequently burned down being convicted in witchcraft. In the XX the famous sculptor Stepan Erzya globally glorified his small motherland, he had been staying in Argentina for a long time finally returning back home to Russia and bringing back the most of his masterpieces. His best works are exhibited in the Museum of Arts named in his honour. Legendary pilot Mikhail Devyataev, general Maxim Purkaev, Marshal Sergey Akhromeev and cosmonaut Vladimir Dezhurov all had been born in Mordovian villages.