I’ve just uploaded (by permission) the third of Michael Bourdeaux’s books here. Written in 1990 it records many of the changes brought to the Russian church by perestroika and glasnost, but not the final break-up of the USSR.
It’s sobering to think that much of what happened here has been erased from history, in that the mainstream media never refer to it. It’s also sobering to see how many religious ‘trends’ in modern society are identifiable, before their time, in the policies of the Kremlin. Bourdeaux’s books are well worth a look.
I have just discovered the existence of a 1995 Bourdeaux publication, wherein the KGB archives were partially unsealed and revealed that most of the most prominent and senior Russian Orthodox clergy were in fact officers of the KGB. Which of us ever heard of that?
Christians must record their own history, and ensure that it is not lost; for otherwise it will vanish into obscurity.