“Atheistic five-year plan” Was Announced in the USSR 80 Years Ago [VIDEO]

Click to enlargeAggressive atheists don’t like either Communism or Nazism referenced as atheistic ideologies because it implicates atheism in deaths of millions killed by Communists and Nazis. They go to great lengths to dispute charges including claims that Soviet Communism adulterated Marx (Hitchens) to arguing that the Nazi appropriation of Christian symbols to justify Nazi barbarism proves it was Christian. It’s historical revision of the first order. Historical memory is full of inconvenient truths in a civilization built on the precepts of the Christian faith.

Source: Interfax

Moscow, May 15, Interfax – On Tuesday, there will be 80 years since the Soviet government issued a decree on “atheistic five-year plan.”

Stalin set a goal: the name of God should be forgotten on the territory of the whole country to May 1, 1937, the article posted by the Foma website says.

Over 5 million militant atheists were living in the country then. Anti-religious universities – special educational establishments for training people for decisive attack against religion – were organized.

According to the plan on religion liquidation, all churches and prayer houses should have been closed to 1932-1933, all religious traditions implanted by literature and family – to 1933-1934, it was planned that the country, and firstly, youth would be grasped by total anti-religious propaganda to 1934-1935, the last clerics were to eliminated to 1935-1936, the very memory about God should have been disappeared from life to 1937.

However, census 1937 where a question about religion was included on Stalin’s instruction puzzled Bolsheviks: 84% of 30 million illiterate USSR citizens aged over 16 said they were believers, the same said 45% of 68.5 million literate citizens.

Churches were again closed in big numbers in 1937. About 10 thousand churches were closed in 1935-1936, eight thousand in 1937, over six thousand – in 1938. According to the modern data, about 350-400 churches from pre-revolutionary churches were open in early war years.

When bishops were arrested, Metropolitan Sergy (Stragorodsky) had to dissolve the temporary Synod on May 10 and administer all dioceses with the help of his vicar bishop and chancellery, which included a secretary and a typist.

Source: My Footage (Historic and Contemporary Stock Footage)

Clip Title: Soviet Anti-Religious Propaganda 1930s

RU 14, Antireligious propaganda: revealing the relics of Saint Mitrofanii (early 1930s). Bell tower, WS people gathered on marketplace, man showing religious articles, remains and relics, to the crowd, CU faces in crowd, woman speaking to crowd (talking about her lack of faith in God). People applaud, demonstration against church.


  1. Wesley J. Smith

    Fr. Bless:

    It seems to me atheism will always be like a sparkler on a dark night, really much less than it might seem. But secularism is different because it permits belief, whether Christian, Buddhist, or neo pagan, while utterly sapping its vitality and moral power. In many ways, that is more subversive than oppressive persecution, which actually strengthens faith. How do you suggest secularism be addressed in a society that properly seeks to protect faith and government from each other, in the context of a culture that has made a sin out of moral judgment and critical thinking? I think that is the primary challenge. Dawkins is a barking dog.

    • Geo Michalopulos

      Wesley, I think you hit on to something there. Secularism is a far more corrosive acid than atheism.


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