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Union of Militant Atheists, membership badge, circa late-1920s - mid-1930s.

In brass and enamels; measures 27.8 mm in height, 28.9 mm in width. The badge was designed in the 1920s by Rodchenko, a famous Soviet constructivist artist. The organization's acronym "СВБ" ("SVB" for "Союз воинствующих безбожников" i.e. Union of Militant Atheists) is in sky blue. The edge of the white cogwheel bears the slogan "Fight against Religion is the Fight for Communism", the early version of the

In brass and enamels; measures 27.8 mm in height, 28.9 mm in width. The badge was designed in the 1920s by Rodchenko, a famous Soviet constructivist artist. The organization's acronym "СВБ" ("SVB" for "Союз воинствующих безбожников" i.e. Union of Militant Atheists) is in sky blue. The edge of the white cogwheel bears the slogan "Fight against Religion is the Fight for Communism", the early version of the organization's motto - before it was changed from the "fight for communism" to the less ambitious "fight for socialism".

In excellent condition, very uncommon for a badge of its era. The enamel shows beautiful luster and is essentially perfect having only a few microscopic contact marks, no wear visible to the naked eye. The screw post is full length, approx. 11 mm. Comes with an unmarked screw plate which is of the period, of correct style for the badge and functions perfectly, although it is probably not original to this particular badge.

The Union of Militant Atheists was a government-sponsored organization which officially existed during 1925-1947. It was most active in the 20s when it often fomented anti-Christian violence. In the 30s, when most churches had already been destroyed, turned into warehouses or converted into "museums of atheism", the "Union" was mostly limited to collecting donations as well as brainwashing the youth. The organization was quietly curtailed in 1941 when the Soviet authorities tapped into Russian patriotism and co-opted the Russian Orthodox Church for the war effort.

/Avers 8, p. 367 fig. 1802.a/
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