Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Rodionov (Russian: Евгений Александрович Родионов; May 23, 1977 - May 23, 1996) was a Russian soldier who was taken prisoner and later executed in Chechen captivity for his refusal to convert to Islam and defect to the enemy side. The circumstances of his death have garnered him much admiration throughout Russia and he is considered a saint and martyr by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Believed by some to be a modern day saint, Eugene (Yevgeny) Rodionov died in 1996 on his 19th birthday while in Chechen captivity. According to his mother (who says she spoke with Chechen soldiers when she arrived to claim his body) Eugene refused to convert to Islam, and would not take off his cross. His captors then beheaded him. His sainthood has not yet been officially recognized by the Russian church.
"Orthodoxy is like an abyss of beauty that's just endless," he said. "I have read the Bible many times. But after fasting, and being baptized Orthodox, it's like reading a whole new Bible. You see the depth behind the words so much more clearly." Troy Polamalu - Continued!
Once upon a time, seeing pics of monastics in death troubled me greatly. Now...not so much. Their peace and the gentle smiles that appear days and hours later simply indicate the welcome they receive when they arrive at the Church Triumphant.