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In the skirmish four civilians were killed and ten wounded. The subsequent trial resulted in the execution of eight priests, two laymen and one lay woman, and the imprisonment of twenty-five believers. 20 As the document shows, the real aim was to find an excuse to unleash wholesale terror against the Church and to misrepresent the Church's stand to the population in such a manner as to antagonize at least a sizeable part of it against the Church. 21 The final 'catch' ofthe Church treasures, confiscations ofless than 400 kg of gold and some 400 000 kg of silver, even in Izvestia's words was 'ridiculously insignificant'.
His vision of the Church was so primitive that he thought the cinema could effectively replace it for the masses. As for books andjournals, they would affect only the reading minority of the nation. 15 Logically Trotsky's simplistic view tallied with Lenin's epithet for religion as 'a moonshine' or Marx's 'opium for the Antireligious Policies, 1917-41 33 people'. This notion, however, allows religion to be written off as a subordinate class phenomenon which would pass away mechanically with the passing away of certain classes.
D. Bonch-Bruevich, that the education of the new Soviet man cannot be a spontaneous process. 'Propaganda "in the ranks of broad masses of all sorts of cultural, scientific, antireligious ... ' 5 Towards the end ofthis period it was decided to consolidate atheistic work centrally under the Agitation and Propaganda Department of the CP Central Committee (Agitprop for short, established in 1920), using the guidelines of Article 13 of the Russian Communist Party Programme, as it was then called (RCP for short), adopted by the 8th Party Congress, which stated: As far as religion is concerned, the RCP will not be satisfied by the decreed separation of Church and State [alone] ....
A History of Marxist-Leninist Atheism and Soviet Antireligious Policies: Volume 1 of A History of Soviet Atheism in Theory and Practice, and the Believer by Dimitry Pospielovsky