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¬óbut 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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