THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH IN THE CONDITIONS OF SOVIET RELIGIOUS POLICY OF THE LATE 40’S – EARLY 50’S. XX ST. IN TRANSCARPATHIA
Keywords:Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA), All-Union Council of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Transcarpathia, post-war politics, Soviet period, religious communities, Plenipotentiary of the Council for Religious Affairs, church
This study attempts to analyze the activities of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Transcarpathia in the context of the Soviet religious politics of 1944-1953. Attention is drawn to peculiarities of the introduction of the Soviet-type management on the territory of the region and its consequences for the researched religious community; additionally, its vital activity in the conditions of the anti-religious politics of the Soviet Union is revealed.
This research is one of the first scientific attempts to summarise the available archival information and carry out a comprehensive comparative analysis of the activities of the Adventist communities of Transcarpathia in the context of the post-war USSR politics.
The documents from the state regional as well as private archives were utilised as the basis for the study. The archival documents of local communities and materials from published sources and researches on related topics are involved. During the study, an attempt was made to involve all available documents on this topic.