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[ A group of Doukhobor women in traditional dress in Russia, 1898, , Koozma Tarasoff personal collection 802 ]

Coming to grips with a special historical event almost always requires a grounding in the background to the event. The contextual information that will help you piece through the Verigin death mystery is contained in this section. For instance, you’ll find here a short history of the Doukhobors in Russia and their journey to Canada, a brief summary of the complex life of Peter V. Verigin, a survey of issues that divided the Doukhobor community internally and that separated them from the host Canadian community, plus thumbnail sketches of the key figures in the case. Maps of Russia and parts of Canada will assist you in identifying the locations of key events.