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.

Yuri N. Maltsev (1950–2023) was professor of economics at Carthage College.
Economic PolicyEconomyGovernment and PoliticsPhilosophy and ReligionPolitical HistorySocialism, Communism, and Collectivism
Other Independent Review articles by Yuri N. Maltsev
Summer 2022 Revolutionary Monsters: Five Men Who Turned Liberation into Tyranny
Summer 2008 Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia
Winter 2005/06 Privatization and Piratization in Post-Communist Russia
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