• Michael Bourdeaux


Although the CCECB has failed to gain the thoroughgoing reform of the AUCECB which it set out to achieve, and many of its most active supporters are now in prison for a second or third term, it would be a mistake to call the movement a failure. It is even doubtful whether the urge for reform has been suppressed or significantly conciliated. While the desire to disturb the status quo was confined to a minority church, the state was confronted with a problem which was irritating, but which it could hope to control. What it obviously feared was any possible spread of this disaffection into the Orthodox Church, a body not only receiving a certain degree of sympathy among intellectuals, but also of much greater numerical strength. 1965 saw the beginnings of a movement in the Russian Orthodox Church remarkably similar to the Baptist attempt at reform.


Soviet Citizen Eightieth Birthday Orthodox Believer Russia Guarantee Church Affair 
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