Persecution of believers as a systemic feature of the Soviet regime
1 Tomsk Polytechnic University, 634050 Lenin Avenue, 30, Tomsk, Russia
2 Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova st. 2, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
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The article focuses on the anti-religious policy of the Soviet Union adopted in relation to believers and religious organizations. The reasons for the persecution of religion, churches and believers, such as the conceptual framework of Marxist ideology, desire for total power, and creation of an ideocratic state are analyzed. The main stages of the anti-religious campaign led by the Bolshevik government are determined. Major anti-religious practices, such as legal restriction of all forms of religious life, discrimination against the clergy and believers, atheist education and anti-religious propaganda work are studied. It may be concluded that persecution of believers is a systemic feature of a totalitarian regime.
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