Bolshevik Government in Russia Begins Confiscating Church Property

With the conclusion of the Bolshevik Revolution Russia, the new government issues the "Order of the People's Commissar of Welfare," ordering the confiscation of all church property and prohibiting religious instruction in public schools.

The Order of the People's Commissar of Welfare says:

"The distribution of subsidies for the maintenance of churches, chapels, and for the operations of religious orders are to be halted. Governmental support of clergy and teachers of religion is to be halted as of the 1st of March of this year. ...

Church services and the fulfillment of the needs of believers may be continued on the condition of an expressed desire by collectives of believers who must assume the full cost of repairs and maintenance of churches, [and] of all inventory and all servers."
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