The Russian Orthodox Church in the USSR.. (1978)

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Director: Danilov L.

Script writers: Ulyanova I.

Operators: Voroncov V.

Anouncers: Kolychev U.


The film is about the freedom of religion in the Soviet Union and present-day activities of the Russian Orthodox Church. The film features footage of historical chronicles, records of worship, religious rites, religious classes in schools.


Social life

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Views of Moscow.

Blooming tulips.

Residents and guests of the capital on the streets.

Church near the modern multi-storey building.

Fragment of an international press conference with representatives of various religious denominations, held in Moscow in the summer of 1977 year.

Church in the center of Moscow.

The meeting of the Synod, the meeting shall be valid Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Pimen and the future Patriarch Alexy II. View of the bridge over the river through the trees.

Telephones and icons on the desktop.

Priests work with documents.

Says Patriarch Pimen.

Rural natural scenery, the Orthodox churches.

Patriarchal Cathedral of the Epiphany (Epiphany Cathedral in Yelokhovo).

Fragment of the Christmas liturgy.

Winter landscapes, the Orthodox churches.

Detail of worship in the village church.

Icons, candles, faces the congregation, church utensils.

Church bench.

Detail of worship.

Wedding ceremony.

The streets of Moscow.

The architectural ensemble of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra.

Restorers-painters at work, old icons.

View of the Cathedral of the Assumption of firs.

Portrait of Alexis I (S.V.Simanskogo).

Church and state awards patriarch.

Cathedral of the Assumption Monastery.

The building, where are the Theological Academy and Seminary.

Seminarians in the temple for worship.

Fragments of theoretical lessons.

Priests working in the library Monastery, ancient literature.

Modern literature on the rack.

Choral singing.

Moscow Theological Academy, Church archaeological department, collection of ancient icons, paintings, sculptures.

Lesson iconography.

The rite of ordination.

Church of the Vladimir region.

Vladimir, a view of the Golden Gate.

The service at the Assumption Cathedral.

View of the city.


Detail of worship.

The Eternal Fire.

Floral wreath at the pedestal.

Monument to those killed in World War II.

Flowers at the foot of the monument.

Chronicle of the Great Patriotic War: the Patriarch Sergius blesses people.

The street is a party.

An elderly woman with an icon in the hands of talking with people.

A soldier with a bunch of flowers.

Soldiers and civilians in the church yard, handover ceremony tankers new combat vehicles.

Tank column is serving on the front, people wave followed.

Chronicle in 1973: Panorama of Moscow.

Delegates Congress of Peace Forces sent to the Palace of Congresses.

Panorama hall.

Applause delegates and guests.

Domes of the church of the branches of a tree.

There is a meeting of the Synod, at a meeting attended by representatives of different religious denominations.

The river is the ship (view from the bridge).

Delegates to the World Conference for peace, disarmament and just relations among peoples arrive at the venue.

Delegates to communicate and respond to questions from journalists before the conference.

Detail of the conference.

People on the streets of Moscow.

Panoramas of the capital.


Sergius (Stragorodsky IN) - Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Pimen (Izvekov SM) - Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Alexy II (Ridiger AM) - Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.


1978 1977 1973 1941-1945


Moscow [820] Moscow region [788] Vladimir region [772]