Balaban (Dionysius)( Metropolitan of Kiev)
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Biography Balaban (Dionysius)
Occupying Kholmsk episcopal chair, subjected to harassment by the Uniates, which forced him to go to Lutsk chair. November 6, 1657 Cathedral southern Russian bishops elected Metropolitan of Kiev, at a time when the Moscow State sought together with the political subjugation of Little Russia, and the southern Russian clergy subordinate to the power of their patriarch. But Dionysius opposed this and even expressed their devotion to Poland and only after approval by the king Vygovsky hetman obeyed Moscow, making a vow to "be a great gosudarskoyu every good idea and want him". Like Vyhovsky, betray Poland, Dionysius has not fulfilled his promise, went to Chigirin and there on the end of life has remained only nominally in the rank of metropolitan. He died in 1663.