A History of Marxist-Leninist Atheism and Soviet by Dimitry Pospielovsky

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A resolution of the former merely calls for the expansion of antireligious propaganda and warns against insulting religious feelings by 'primitive methods' ... of ridiculing the objects and ceremonies of a faith; saying that these methods only 'strengthen religious fanaticism'. Instead, it calls for more publication of antireligious literature of a popular-scientific nature, and more analysis of the origins and history of religion. 25 At the same time, in accord with this resolution, a number of specialized antireligious periodicals began to be published in 1922, which, however, in the crudeness of most of their materials seemed to contradict the calls for moderation.

In the skirmish four civilians were killed and ten wounded. The subsequent trial resulted in the execution of eight priests, two laymen and one lay woman, and the imprisonment of twenty-five believers. 20 As the document shows, the real aim was to find an excuse to unleash wholesale terror against the Church and to misrepresent the Church's stand to the population in such a manner as to antagonize at least a sizeable part of it against the Church. 21 The final 'catch' ofthe Church treasures, confiscations ofless than 400 kg of gold and some 400 000 kg of silver, even in Izvestia's words was 'ridiculously insignificant'.

Now our victory over the reactionary clergy is guaranteed. e. the S-Rs and the Miliukovites, will find it very hard to carry on their struggle against us ... precisely because of the famine .... Therefore . . it is precisely now that we must wage a merciless battle against the reactionary clergy and suppress its resistance with such cruelty that it may remember it for several decades .... One of the most efficient members of VTsiK [All-Russian Executive Committee] should be sent to Shuia ... with an oral instruction given him by a Politburo member.

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