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name "Molokan" originates from the Russian word for milk (moloko) since
the members of this group do not refrain from milk and other products during
Orthodox fasts. It refers to those who suffered persecution from both the
Russian Orthodox Church and the government for their non-traditional beliefs and
Russian Molokans settled primarily in Los Angeles area and later in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Good labor skills were valued more than formal education. The Molokan community is characterized by isolation from the outside world, strong emphasis on agricultural work, and attendance of frequent religious services called sobraniye.
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A History of Molokans in Boyle Heights