// СВБ // Союз воинствующих безбожников // Soiuz voinstvuiushchikh bezbozhnikov // League of Militant Godless
Formed in Moscow in 1924 as the "Moscow Society of the Godless" (SVB), its name was changed in 1929 to the "League of Militant Godless".
The goals of the League were to propagate anti-religious education and to ensure "genuine godlessness" was observed throughout the USSR. Copious anti-religious propaganda was produced by the League via its books, journals, pamphlets and posters. Their newspaper was Bezbozhnik (Godless). Membership peaked to over five million in 1931-32-- a time when the League was propagating violent anti-clergy purges. SVB existed until the early 1940s when Stalin closed its operations to ease anti-religious activity and shift public attention to the war effort.