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n. pl.1.See Raskolnik.
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One solution, adopted by the popovtsy, as they became known, was to accept priests from the state church who rejected the Nikonian reforms.
For example, we might reconsider the recruit Poptsov, whose name has an obvious resonance with the popovtsy Old Believers.
(27) The popovtsy are described as the 'collective name of Old Believers who accepted the priesthood in distinction to the bespopovtsy'.