DOUKHOBORS  () are a religious sect of Russian Christians dating back to the 18th century. The term means "spirit wrestlers" or heretics and was adopted by the sect as a proud emblem of their spiritual struggle. Persecuted at home for their pacifism and unorthodox theology, about 7,500 Doukhobors came to Canada in 1899 in search of religious freedom. The government granted them land in present-day Saskatchewan and Manitoba, exempted them...

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