Fylypovych, Atanasii

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Fylypovych, Atanasii [Филипович, Атанасій; Fylypovyč, Atanasij], b ca 1592, d 5 September 1648 in Berestia. Saint, churchman, hegumen of Saint Simeon Monastery in Berestia (from 1640). Fylypovych was known for his bold defense of the Orthodox population before the Polish authorities, in particular for his speech to the Polish Sejm in 1643. It was probably for this reason that he was imprisoned in 1644–5. He was arrested once more in 1648 on suspicion of being a sympathizer of Hetman Bohdan Khmelnytsky and was tortured and executed by the Poles. The Ukrainian Orthodox church canonized him as a martyr. Some of Fylypovych’s works were published in the 19th century, among them his diary of 1638–48, ‘Diariush, albo spisok diev pravdivykh ...’ (Diary, or Chronicle of True Events ...), which appeared in print in 1878.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]

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