Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Professor Iryna Vushko

Second Advisor

Professor Elidor Mёhilli

Third Advisor

Professor Karen Kern

Academic Program Adviser

Professor Karen Kern


This thesis analyses the dynamics of religious reform in the USSR from 1917 to 1943. It argues that the early Bolshevik policy of persecution was increasingly substituted by state co-optation. This dynamic was shaped primarily by Stalinist concerns with state security and problems of ideology.



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