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  1. There is not a single correct statement in your question. After the revolution of 1917, there was not a single decree stating that there is no God. Since the 1991 coup, there has not been a single decree stating that there is a God. The state (tsarist, Soviet, or post-Soviet) has never indicated in any document whether there is a God or not. Nor has it ever anywhere ordered the population of the country to believe in God or not to believe in God.

    All state documents of pre-revolutionary Russia defined only the status of the state Orthodox Church and the mandatory observance of its rites for the subjects of the country. Why? Because since the time of Peter the Great, the church has been as much a state institution as the customs or the police, and has been under the jurisdiction of the state authorities. All Soviet documents concerned only the state status of churches (outside the state). About the personal faith of everyone in the laws there was nothing and never, neither under the tsar, nor during the Soviets, nor after the Soviets.

    Putin first introduced the concept of God in the country's constitution in the form “The Russian Federation, united by a thousand-year history, preserving the memory of its ancestors who passed on to us the ideals and faith in God, as well as continuity in the development of the Russian state, recognizes the historically established state unity” – that is, again, nothing is said here about how to believe and whether to

  2. This was not the case, such decrees are not and were not within the competence of the state authorities and would have been utter profanation – and profanation, such as pastafarianism, is already enough.

    It was always only a question of the State's relation to the Church as an organization. Today, it is repeatedly established that the attitude to religion and God is a personal matter of a person and cannot be regulated at the legal level.

  3. I have not found either in the Decree of 1918 “On the separation of church and state…” or in the Amendments of 2020 to the Constitution words about the presence or absence of God and coercion to believe in His existence or non-existence.

    Decree of 1917:

    Every citizen can profess any religion or not profess any.

    Amendments 2020:

    Russian Federation,.. preserving the memory of our ancestors who gave us the ideals and faith in God…

    WordsThe decrees speak for themselves. Another thing is that in practice the Soviet state did everything to destroy the faith.

    The amendments do not prescribe people to believe in God, but only recognize faith in God as important for the state, as history and culture. And in practice, now no one is forced to believe. Unless there is a voluntary-compulsory participation in religious rites, for example, for military personnel.

  4. There is a slight difference. In the USSR, believers in God lived much worse than non-believers, they had to hide, otherwise they could fall under repression. Now mostly thieves and scoundrels live well, regardless of their faith.

  5. What kind of nonsense can the state decide something for someone in general ??? I want to believe I want not to believe especially now that everyone generally does what he pleases… The state rather wants to protect its citizens from excessive activity of militant atheists dancing in temples and desecrating shrines, because an atheist is a mentally retarded person and does not realize how this can end for him … And it will end in bloodshed and the murder of an atheist, besides, our people have a grudge against an atheist since 1917, when they arbitrarily and without asking canceled, as you put it here, faith in God. No one asked them to, though.

  6. Both dates in your question refer to the communist state, which denied national identity on the principle of “proletarians of all countries unite”. So ask the Communists. This applies to Russia only geographically.

  7. The state has always defined the values that guide society. Bolshevik – based on the goal of freeing the people from exploitation. And religious. The liberal-nationalist government is based on masterly servitude, in which “God” cannot be dispensed with. A pillar, however.

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