RUSSIA: Basis of Marriage

Defying God, if He exists, to strike one dead, is all very well for the smalltime, itinerant atheist. But hamfisted, leather-lunged Emelyan Yaroslavsky is the biggest shot in world atheism. As the walloping chairman of the Soviet League of Militant Godless, Comrade Yaroslavsky pulls the levers of a Juggernaut that rumbles on night and day, crunching Russian churches, chasing priests from their holes, destroying icons and uprooting holy matrimony—but not fecund wedlock.

This fine distinction put Comrade Yaroslavsky on his mettle last week. On the one hand he was moving like an...

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