Many have claimed atheism was only incidental to the operation of communism under Lenin, Stalin, and the old Soviet Union. Victoria Smolkin’s new book “A Sacred Space is Never Empty” is the first book to closely examine the role of atheism in Russia. She explains why the Soviet government promoted atheism so assiduously and expended great efforts to crush religion. In this conversation, Dr. Smolkin approaches this issue with scholarly precision and explains the true meaning behind her book’s intriguing title.

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