Polit Buro and the Church

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  Politburo And The Church, Kremlin Archives

N. Petrovsky, S.G. Petrov

Supplement to the summary of the Bureau of the Central Commission for the confiscation of church valuables in the Central Committee of the RCP (b) on the progress of the confiscation. May 16, 1922

No. 23-47



In addition to our relationship No. 1 * dated May 10 this year. about the provinces in which the work on the confiscation of church valuables is proceeding weakly [,] I inform you that in the PERM province confiscation proceeds weakly. Collected only about a hundred pounds of silver. The wealthy districts of Sarapul, Kungur and Osinsky gave an insignificant amount of collected valuables. The commission did not start work for a long time. In the province there are places rich in churches: Solikamsk, Cherdyn, monasteries and others.

ASTRAKHAN GOVERNMENT : - seizure is carried out sluggishly, the amount collected is small. There were cases of agreement with the priests.

TYUMEN province : - withdrawal is going badly. Meetings with the priests were arranged. There are few valuables collected. There are enough rich churches in the province.

TSARITSINSKAYA Governorate : - The withdrawal is proceeding slowly, despite the fact that the starving population is sympathetic to the campaign. A. Beloborodov.


-                      L. 67. Typewritten original, signature and date - autograph. In the upper left corner there is a handwritten note: " Arch [iv] p [oolit] b

[yuro] ". Stamp of the Bureau of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the RCP (b) with handwritten date "May 18, 1922" and the incoming number. Secrecy formula stamped.

-                      GARF, f. 1235, op. 140, d.59, l. 80. Another copy of the same typewritten bookmark (vacation); signature and date missing.

-                      In the same place, d. 60, l. 957. Handwritten clerk's original; signature and date missing.

Notes and Comments:

1 * Further space is left for a number.