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  1. Perhaps someday his diaries will be found, and then we will learn more about Stalin than is written in history textbooks or archives.�

    Perhaps Stalin's worldview is not at all what we know.

  2. A man who told the people to “forget God”, pursued an atheist policy, and was a communist in general, could not be a believer. Yes, it is natural that people will always wonder about the faith of such prominent political figures, but there is a very strong tendency to believe that Dzhugashvili was an atheist. If he had converted to the faith, he would have had to repent a lot, and I doubt that he had the time or inclination to do so. During the Soviet era, it was necessary to weed out all the monarchical past, which “clouded” the eyes of the wavering. At that time, it was time for decisive action, and not sitting at the psalter. It will always remain a mystery to us whether Stalin was a believer or a true communist.

  3. It is unlikely that we will ever know for sure, unless additional information is provided by those archives that date back to the Soviet period and still remain closed. In any case, he grew up in a religious family, since his mother sent him to a theological school, after which he entered a theological seminary. This means that from a young age he knew the Scriptures, the law of God, and sang psalms. This all happened at an age when one's life-long views are being formed. The faith could not but leave its mark, even if Stalin later disowned it. The fact that during the war, in its most difficult days, days when he, Stalin, was apparently overcome by quite natural despair and fear of the worst, he took a step that was completely unthinkable not only for a Bolshevik leader, but even for a “simple” party member – he allowed the Orthodox Church to be restored, services in churches to be restored, and a plane with an icon flew around the positions of Soviet troops.

    It is also important in this regard that, being an opportunist, Stalin could have curtailed church activities after the war, but he did not do so.

    I can't forget one of my grandmothers – a staunch communist, activist who was elected to district / city committees, city / regional councils, but who, as a pioneer, regularly instructed me (albeit in whispers) that we should fear God, and enlightened me about church holidays.

    It seems to me that Stalin was a believer. Indirect evidence points to this. I have no answer for the question of how this relates to his monstrous crimes.

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