Religion: To the Lower Regions

Anathema. Anathema. Anathema. To Vladimir Lenin and to all other persecutors of the Christian church, who have raised their hands against the servants of God, who desecrated holy places and destroyed God's temples and tortured believers.

With these words, chanted by its priests in parish churches throughout the world, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia* has just imposed the ultimate ecclesiastical penalty on the father of the Russian Revolution. More than 50 years after the bloody revolt that he led, Lenin was thus excommunicated from the faith in which he was baptized, and...

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