FORMS AND METHODS OF WORK OF SOVIET STATE SECURITY BODIES AMONG THE PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS OF THE USSR (mid-1940s – mid-1960s): A HISTORIOGRAPHICAL ASPECT

Keywords: All-Union Council of Evangelical Christians and Baptists, Pentecostals, Baptists, evangelical denominations, Soviet special services, historiography

Abstract

The article is a historiographic analysis of the problem of studying the forms and methods of work of the Soviet special services among the evangelical confessions of the Ukrainian SSR (Evangelical Christians, Baptists and Pentecostals) in mid. 1940s – mid. 1960s It analyzes the scientific research of domestic historiography on the topic submitted, and also examines the very state of the scientific development of this issue. It was found that due to the existence of a long ban on the use of the archives of the Soviet state security bodies, this topic was studied by scientists in the context of the anti-religious policy of the Soviet government. Scientists came to the conclusion about changes in the forms and methods of work of the Soviet special services in the post-war period and the Khrushchev period. They noted a reduction in mass repressions at this time and the emergence of new, softer, forms of operational work in a religious environment. These included: harsh administrative pressure through the Council for Religious Affairs on representatives of the clergy, the use of selective repression by the NKGB-KGB authorities against the recalcitrant new direction in religious policy, introduction of preventive work in the form of arrests, intimidation, fines, discredit, demonstrative exposure of the so-called reactionary activities of sectarians through the media, etc. Unfortunately, the reasons that caused this change in the forms and methods of work of the Soviet special services in the religious sphere have not been investigated. ser. 1940s – mid. 1960s became the subject of special historical research, of which there are not so many today. This circumstance creates ample opportunities for the study of this problem by modern scientists.

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Published
2020-12-27
How to Cite
Korotaiev, O. (2020). FORMS AND METHODS OF WORK OF SOVIET STATE SECURITY BODIES AMONG THE PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS OF THE USSR (mid-1940s – mid-1960s): A HISTORIOGRAPHICAL ASPECT. Zaporizhzhia Historical Review, 2(54). Retrieved from https://istznu.org/index.php/journal/article/view/922