the domination of communism in the world


In its internal policy, the Soviet authorities considered terror to be the basis for maintaining
the imposed system. The murder and forced emigration of the exploitative classes, hostile to
the proletariat, was accompanied by the ruthless suppression of any manifestation of
resistance to the implementation of the Marxist economy. Thus, the power, which also called
itself peasant, bloodily dealt with the peasant uprisings, which erupted because of the
catastrophic economic situation of devastated Russia. One of the biggest peasant uprisings of
that time, the Tambov Rebellion, was stifled by all available means, including artillery,
aviation, and combat gases. During the pacification operation alone, 70,000 peasants were
killed and a further 170,000 died of hunger, which was used as an effective weapon to break
resistance, even afterwards. In retaliation for the failed attack on Lenin in August 1918, the
Cheka, headed by Feliks Dzerzhinsky, carried out a large-scale pacification operation.
Between 1918 and 1921, 400,000 people were arrested, half of whom were murdered. The
dark tradition of the Cheka was continued later by the State Political Administration (SPS)
that replaced the Cheka and was subordinated to the People's Commissariat for Internal
Affairs (NKVD). Churches and religious associations in Russia, the Orthodox Church in
particular, also became the main targets of the repressive apparatus. Since 1919, communists
who adhere to the principle of militant atheism were carrying out the so-called fight against
superstition, sanctioned by decrees in subsequent years. The monastery complexes were
nationalized, Orthodox churches and icons were systematically destroyed as part of the fight
against the darkness, and since 1921 sermons and public speeches by clergy were censored.
Until 1920 alone, 37 bishops and a thousand priests died often as martyrs at the hands of the
Bolsheviks and nearly 12 thousand believers were murdered because of their attachment to
the faith. However, it was not until 1922 that the repression reached its peak. As a pretext, a
broad campaign of aiding the clergy of the Orthodox Church was used to help the victims of
the famine. The Bolsheviks, with their own perversity, grasped the slogans of the aid but
directed it against the Orthodox Church by organizing mass requisitions and confiscations of
liturgical equipment, the sale of which was to cover the aid of the starving. This activity took
the form of actual pillaging and destruction of church property, sometimes resulting in forms
of armed resistance. This, however, was an additional argument for the authorities, which, in
response, proceeded to mass repression against the clergy and the faithful. A significant
example of these actions is the fate of the inhabitants of Shuya near Włodzimierz, whose
inhabitants took action against the Bolsheviks who stole from local churches. The brutal and
ruthless pacification of resistance was supposed to be both an example and an announcement
of actions taken in other parts of the country. In order to strengthen the propaganda message,
in 1922 demonstrations of the trial of priests and monks were organized in Moscow, which
ended with the death sentence and the execution of nearly 60 clergies. In total, in 1922 alone,
nearly 3 thousand priests, 2 thousand monks, and 3.5 thousand nuns were victims of
repression. 66 bishops were arrested, most of them murdered. According to archival
documents, after 1917 about 40 thousand churches and Orthodox churches were demolished
or reconstructed in Russia, as well as half of all mosques and synagogues. By 1985,
approximately 200,000 clergies of all faiths had been murdered under Communist rule and
approximately 300,000 interned.