St. Theodore was shot by the Soviet Communists for receiving people seeking advice and comfort. But officially . . .
“Theodore was arrested based on a document submitted by the chairman of the Tobolsk city council that stated: ‘Ivanov is a religious fanatic… who is preparing for an armed uprising against the Soviet authorities…'”
“In early 1938, a major campaign for the “withdrawal” of physically handicapped inmates from prisons and camps began. There is evidence that 1,160 physically handicapped inmates of prisons in Moscow and the Moscow region alone were shot dead in February-March, 1938. Physically handicapped prisoners were shot, first of all, because they could not be accepted in the camps due to their inability to work, as well as because there was not enough room for newly-arrested people. Could it really be that this was how Communist fascism freed Soviet society from ‘extra mouths’?
St. Theodore of Tobolsk was canonized by decree of the Holy Synod on October 7, 2002, following a proposal by the Tobolsk Diocese.
In 2007, a church was consecrated in honor of the Holy Martyr Theodore of Tobolsk in a worker’s village on the 723 kilometer point of the ‘Urengoy-Surgut-Chelyabinsk’ gas pipeline in the Khanty-Mansiysk Diocese.”