A few days with the Old Believers, Ukraine.

The village of Stara Nekrasivka in Odessa region, Ukraine. Easter 2014.

Old Believers have lived in Stara Nekrasivka since the schism of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1653, caused by the reforms of Patriarch Nikon. Choosing not to adhere to the reforms, the 'Old Believers' were often persecuted by religious and state authorities, and many fled to the most remote corners of the Russian Empire.

Home to a community of the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church, Stara Nekrasivka is a peaceful, rural village on the Danube, less than a mile from the Romanian border.