Shift in Russian Attitude Toward Religion
The early months of 1956 should tell whether the more liberal attitude toward religion displayed by the rulers of Russia in 1955 is to survive the chills of returning cold war. Several periods of benevolence in the past have been followed by resumption of violent measures against believers, churches, and religious leaders. Good treatment has been alternated with persecution as has seemed to serve the interests of the Soviet state.
Russian smiles for religion have been generally associated with the now departing spirit of Geneva.1 It is worth noting, however, that first signs of change in the attitude of the Kremlin began to appear well in advance of the July 1955 meeting of heads of government. There is some reason ...