The impact of Stalinism on the Church

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Lenin allowed freedom of religious worship, but sought to destroy the power of the Orthodox Church in Russia

  • Church lands were seized
  • Births, marriages and deaths, as well as schools, were secularised
  • Priests were persecuted and athiest propaganda was circulated

Stalin continued the attack on the Orthodox Church

  • Religious schools were closed down and the teaching of religious creeds was forbidden
  • Worship was restricted to 'registered congregations' only and many churches were physically destroyed or deconsecrated
  • Between 1929 and 1940, the holy day of Sunday itself was abolished

The Terror had a significant

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