The Soviet Union was the first state to make mass murder an ideological imperative, especially against people of faith. By the beginning of the Second World War, almost all clergy and millions of believers of all religions and denominations had been shot or sent to labor camps.
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|Other Independent Review articles by Yuri N. Maltsev|
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