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The article deals with atheist propaganda in the Altai region during the rule of L.I. Brezhnev. The use of archival material, resolutions of the Central committee of the Communist party of USSR, as well as brochures propagandists allows revealing the main methods and directions of scientific-atheist education in 1964–1982. The main forms of atheistic work in the Altai territory the soviets were atheists; moving groups of atheists; individual form of work. In addition, along with them, mass forms of propaganda of scientific atheism, such as radio, print, and film screenings on atheistic themes, continued to develop and improve. In the Altai region a great influence on the dissemination of scientific atheism led the “Knowledge” society, the Commission is facilitating control over the observance of legislation on religious cults, the regional department of health, medical and educational institutions. Based on archival materials we can talk about some reduction of the role of atheistic propaganda during the period under review, which largely has become abstract in nature. Most of the lectures and discussions held on atheistic problems in the Altai Territory, as a rule, were aimed at covering issues of the history of religion, the emergence of religious holidays, and the description of religious rites. Similar trends in the features of atheistic work were observed in other regions of the country.

KeywordsChurch-state relations, religious communities, Altai Krai, atheistic propaganda, freedom of conscience

DOI: 10.22250/2072-8662.2019.2.47-55

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About the authors


Pyotr K. Dashkovskiy – DSc (History), Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory of the Ethnocultural and Religious

Studies of the Faculty of Mass Communications, Philology and Political Science,

Head of the Department of Political History, National and State-Confessional Relations of the Altai state University;

61 Lenin Ave., Barnaul, Russia, 656049; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Natalia S. Dvoryanchikova – PhD student, teacher

at the Department of Political History, National and State-Confessional Relations of  the Altai State University;

66 Dimitrova str., Barnaul, Russia, 656049;