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a member of the chief stock of Russian people living in European Russia

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Nonetheless, the restoration of znamenny chants in other sectors has begun to stir a revitalization of these chants in the Great Russian tradition as well.
For him there was one great Russia and one Holy Russian Orthodox Church, the great Russians.
Empress Elizabeth sought to solve this problem by issuing a decree (ukaz) in 1754, ten years after the last Great Russian had been consecrated as a bishop, in which she ordered that the Holy Synod again consider Great Russians for vacant dioceses.
Bryner speculates that it was politically wise of Catherine, who was of German Protestant origin, to prefer Great Russians over Ukrainians and foreigners.
The shift away from Great Russian bishops generated conflicts with the incumbent episcopate, the parish clergy, and the laity.