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Sydor, Dymytrii

Sydor, Dymytrii (pseudonym: D. Vozdvizhenskii) (b. March 29, 1955, Letsovytsia [Soviet Union], Ukraine) — priest, editor, and civic activist of Rusyn national orientation in Subcarpathian Rus’. After studying computer technology at Uzhhorod State University (1971-1974) Sydor completed the Theological Seminary at Zagorsk, Russia (1976-1980). He was ordained an Orthodox priest (1980) and since 1991 has headed a large parish in Uzhhorod, for which he has organized the construction of a monumental cathedral church. At the cathedral he has organized a choir (1992) and established the Cyril and Methodius Society/Tovarystvo im. Kyryla i Mefodiia, of which he is chairman (1993- ).

Sydor strongly supports the view that Rusyns form a distinct nationality deserving of cultural and political *autonomy. He has expounded this position as a deputy elected to the Perechyn district council (1986-1990); as organizer of several scholarly conferences and the Fifth *World Congress of Rusyns in Uzhhorod (1999); and as founding editor of the bi-monthly newspaper, *Khrystyians’ka rodyna (1996- ). Sydor is sympathetic to the traditional pan-Slavic view that the secular culture and spiritual heritage of Rusyns can best be promoted by cooperation with other Slavic peoples, in particular those of Orthodox faith.

Paul Robert Magocsi

Entry courtesy of Encyclopedia of Rusyn History and Culture.
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