In the interwar period the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade was one the most prominent centers for acquiring higher theological knowledge for Russian immigrants. More then 200 Russian immigrants studied at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology. Occasionally they were in the majority within the whole student population. Based on the material of the Archive of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade (minutes of the Faculty Council meetings, students’ ﬁles) this paper will present several aspects of the experience of Russian immigrants at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology. It will analyze variation in their number, the quality of the students’ life and the diﬃ culties they encountered. Special attention will be given to the ﬁrst generation of Russian graduated students. Based on the students’ ﬁles of Nikolaj Nikolajevič Afanasjev, Nikolaj Mihajlovič Zernov, Leonid Georgĳevič Ivanov, Konstantin Eduardovič Kern and Mihail Borisovič Maksimovič, the paper will provide information on the conditions of their studying in Belgrade. The forth-mention information aﬃrm that Russian students achieved excellent risults despite economic hardship. It is not hard to notice their eﬀ ort to maintain spiritual bond with the lost homeland forming student circles and studying History of the Russian Orthodox Church. In the appendix of the paper you will ﬁ nd information about 69 graduated Russian students, as well as the marks of three Rissian students from the ﬁrst generation of the graduated Russian students at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade (Afanasjev, Kern and Maksimovič).
Faculty of Orthodox Theology University of Belgrade, Russian immigrants-students, Serbia-Russia spiritual relation, Nikolaj Nikolajevič Afanasjev, Konstantin Eduardovič Kern, Mihail Borisovič Maksimovič, Russian student circle St. Joh