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    Between Moscow, Warsaw, and the Holy See: the case of Father Andrzej Fedukowicz amidst the early Soviet anti-Catholic campaign

    Palko, Olena (2022) Between Moscow, Warsaw, and the Holy See: the case of Father Andrzej Fedukowicz amidst the early Soviet anti-Catholic campaign. Revolutionary Russia 35 (2), pp. 225-246. ISSN 0954-6545.

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    Abstract

    This article offers a micro-history of Soviet anti-religious actions during the mid-1920s through a reconstruction of the investigation case of Father Andrzej Fedukowicz and his forced collaboration with the Soviet secret services. In November 1924 Fedukowicz was forced to sign a letter to Pope Pius XI and a year later committed suicide to avoid humiliation caused by his actions. This investigation reveals how elaborate the Soviet secret services’ techniques for dealing with uncontrolled religious allegiances had become during a more tolerant ‘religious NEP’, the period which came to replace the overly repressive measures of the civil war period. The article aims to challenge the conventional impression of powerful and effective Soviet secret services. Detailed analysis of the process of fabrication used by the secret services shows how often rudimentary methods of the secret police could easily threaten the success of the entire operation. In this regard, the limited results the secret services had achieved by relying on individual assets led to toughening of mass repression and a more aggressive anti-religious campaign after 1929.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Olena Palko
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2022 06:21
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:15
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/47597

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