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"Religion," said Marx, "is the opium of the people"—and he certainly never expected it to become part of the political pharmacopoeia of the first Marxist state. Yet Stalin's Russia has made good use of the once-banned Orthodox Church in Europe and the Middle East, and recently appeared as the defender of the faith in China as well.

As the Communist press of Russia and China cheered, the Soviet consul general in Shanghai rescued from a Chinese jail an Orthodox archbishop who once fought with the Czarist armies, but was absolved last fall when he became a Soviet citizen and declared allegiance to...

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