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You probably don’t remember or know the name Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, nor should you. But during his day he was as powerful a man as there was on earth.

 A Russian Communist leader

 He took part in the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917

 He was the editor of the Soviet newspaper “Pravada” --------which means “Truth”

 And was a full member of the Politiburo

 His works on economics and political science are still read today


There is a story told about a journey he took from Moscow to Kiev in 1930.

His purpose was to address a huge assembly on the subject of Atheism.

As he addressed the crowd he aimed his heavy artillery at Christianity—

 Hurling insults

 Intelligent arguments

 And what seemed as validated proof against it.


An hour later he was finished.

An hour later he looked out at what seemed to be the smoldering ashes of men’s faith… and said, “Are there any questions?” in gruff tones that would scare the stoutest of men.

Deafening silence filled the auditorium… but then one man… approached the platform and mounted the lectern standing near the communist leader.

He surveyed the crowd from left to right and then from right to left.

Finally he shouted the ancient greeting known well in the Russian Orthodox Church:

“Christ is Risen!”

En masse the crowd arose to their feet – as one man – and the response came crashing like the sound of thunder:

“He is Risen, Indeed!”