April 11, 2022
For the best part of a century, Russia was a soulless, godless place. The communists made quite sure of that. With the Revolution came a grim determination to stamp out religion. Under Lenin, and particularly Stalin, Christians were enemies of the state, churches were destroyed, priests and nuns jailed, often murdered. Even church bells and religious music were banned. How times have changed. In the new Russia, there's been a Christian revival, a kind of resurrection. The Orthodox Church is back in business, and its missionaries are out in force, spreading the word.