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Bezbozhnik - Staroverchesky

09.12 AtheistIn the Kirov region is a station with an unusual name - Bezbozhnik or Atheist. The station originated in the 1920s, when the new regime declared religion a relic of the "old world" which was about to disappear. At that time, the "League of Militant Atheists" in the USSR was active, "godless shock workshops" appeared at enterprises, massive numbers of churches were closed and villages with names such as Vozdvizhenskoe (Elevation, Exaltation) and Bogoyavlenskoe (Epiphany) were renamed Aerodynamik and Traktor. Fortunately, these times passed, but the name of the station remains as a monument to the era.

In addition to Bezbozhnik station is another with the purely religious name of Staroverchesky (Old Believer). In the seventeenth century, after the reforms of Patriarch Nikon, the Old Believers who wanted to maintain the traditional rites, fled from central Russia to the country's remote areas to continue their old way of life, to be baptised with the priest using only two fingers and to conduct their worship according to the old books used before Nikon's changes. Thus, as part of the Vyatka governorate, the settlement of Staroverchesky (Old Believer) appeared, which to this day is still home to many Old Believers. The wave of renaming villages and churches in the 1920s bypassed both the village of Staroverchesky (Old Believer) and the railway station of the same name. And nowadays, the rail section between run Bezbozhnik - Staroverchesky still exists.

Both of these small stations, with their wooden station buildings, are in the Vyatsky forests, a region which attracts hunters, fishermen and lovers of pristine nature. Nearby flows the river Veklikaya, a large and full right-hand tributary of the Vyatka, which is rich in fish.