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Treatment of the different religious minorities in the early USSR. Part II.

Islam In those days there lived around 20 million Muhammedan believers in the Russian Empire on the Eve of the Revolution. Disregarding the different denominations in Islam, we can state Islam predominates in some form in the Caucasus and in … Continue reading

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Treatment of the different religious minorities in the early USSR

Old Believers With different religious minorities is mainly meant different from the official state-religion during the tsarist period: the Russian Orthodox Church, of which the tsar was also the patriarch since Peter the Great established the system of caesaropapism in … Continue reading

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The Mother of God has passed in Kazan

“The Mother of God has passed” in Kazan   In early Soviet days, religious holidays were deemed responsible for moral depravity, debauchery, fighting and familal feuds. Here we see the Icon of the Mother of God being carried through the … Continue reading

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“Without God, without prayer, but using modern technique”

Thanks to the advances in agricultural technology the old saying “man proposes, but God disposes” is no longer valid. From now on mankind will determine its own destiny, so it is told. From this statement concrete antireligious inferences are drawn. … Continue reading

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The nature of Russian Marxism

Before the introduction of the Marxist teachings Russia was less infected then other countries by atheist ideas. It did have its Voltairians who copied the ideas of the great opponent of religion and called themselves freethinkers, their influence reached until … Continue reading

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Besboshnik

In 1925 in Moscow there was founded an organisation called “The Godless League” with its purpose described as “systematic antireligious work”. The choice of the word godless (Russian: besboshnik, from bes bocha: without God) assumes a militant tone, of someone … Continue reading

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