The Soviet Union aimed to eliminate religion. In the 1920s and 1930s, Soviets attacked every religion among its diverse and wide-ranging peoples. The Russian Orthodox Church was hit hard. The Communists executed and imprisoning clergy and believers. By 1939 around 500 of over 50,000 churches remained. By 1926, the Roman Catholic Church had no bishops left in the Soviet Union. The Ukrainian Catholic Church (Uniate) and the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches of Belorussia and Ukraine were suppressed. Attacks on Judaism were endemic. Islam was crushed. Atheism was all. The Soviet fête de la raison would be final and bloody. And bringing the message to the masses was Bezbozhnik (English: ‘Atheist’: 1921-1944), a magazine published by the League of Militant Atheists. A daily edition (‘The Godless at the Workplace’) was published from 1923 to 1931. The images it published were ugly and murderous.
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