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Polekhs are a subethnic group of Russians settled along the Desna River and Seym River and mixed with local populations of Belarusians and Lithuanians. Most of them retained the Russian Orthodox religion, with some turning to Roman Catholicism.[1]


  1. ^ Olson, James Stuart. An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of the Russian and Soviet Empires. Greenwood Press, 1994. ISBN 0-313-27497-5, p. 554