Soviet Anti-Religion Caricatures

russian car4.jpg
Belief is harmful, more harmful than wine
russian car6.jpgThe power of the engines which overcomes the power of the church
russian car2.jpgBy and by the bishops ate

russian car7.jpgHoly preachers who are kicked? with proletarian plasters?
russian car3.jpgMan does not need a heavenly reward

russian car5.jpgThe voice of god is destined for the rich
russian car8.jpgLava is coming with unscrupulous lies

Notes from the Library of Congress on the anti-religion campaigns in the Soviet Union.
“The Soviet Union was the first state to have as an ideological objective the elimination of religion. Toward that end, the Communist regime confiscated church property, ridiculed religion, harassed believers, and propagated atheism in the schools. Actions toward particular religions, however, were determined by State interests, and most organized religions were never outlawed. The main target of the anti-religious campaign in the 1920s and 1930s was the Russian Orthodox Church, which had the largest number of faithful. Nearly all of its clergy, and many of its believers, were shot or sent to labor camps. Theological schools were closed, and church publications were prohibited. By 1939 only about 500 of over 50,000 churches remained open.”

See also:

Graphic Arts ephemera, GC149