Religion: Russian Revival

The big, beige-painted stone building which was once Isadora Duncan's Moscow home now has new tenants. The gold-lettered black plaque on the gateway reads: Council for Religious Affairs.

Joseph Stalin, onetime choirboy and theological student, now an apostate, created the Council for Religious Affairs last month. Last week in a pastel-green-walled suite, still smelling of paint and plaster, thick-lipped, bespectacled Ivan Vassilyvich Poliansky was busy considering and passing on the requests of all Soviet churches except the Russian Orthodox.* At work on the floor below was Georgi Gregorievich Karpov, chief liaison agent between the government and the Orthodox Church.

Thus far the Council's...

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