Purpose: The article made in the framework of such a new, but dynamically developing trend for post-Soviet historiography, that is the history of Soviet childhood, aims to identify and study the role and the place of periodicals for children in Soviet educational practices.

Methodology: The work also used the methods of historical psychology, in particular, child psychology, in order to identify specific ways of educational impact on target reading group among children.

Result: The results of the study are represented not only by potential informational capability description of such a historical source that is poorly studied by domestic and foreign source science, as the Soviet periodicals for children (in particular, the newspaper "Pionerskaya Pravda"), but also by the determination of the Soviet child media space possibilities concerning the education of "militant atheists". The materials of the article can be used in the process of the Soviet history of Russia, the history of religion, the history of childhood teaching, as well as the history and source study of periodicals in the USSR.

Applications: This research can be used for universities, teachers, and students.

Novelty/Originality: In this research, the model of the Antireligious campaign of the Soviet power during late 1920s and "Pionerskaya Pravda" newspaper is presented in a comprehensive and complete manner.


  1. Lebina, N. (2015). Sovetskaya povsednevnost': normy i anomalii (Soviet everyday life: norms and anomalies). M.: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie.
  2. Adibekov G.M. (ed.). (2000). Politburo of the Central Committee of the RCP(B) - AUCP(B). Meeting agenda. 1919 – 1952. Moscow, ROSSPEN, vol. 1, 831 p.
  3. Salnikova, A. (2017). " Children loci" construction in the Soviet city of 1917-1927.
  4. Balina, M.R. Vyugin V.Yu. (ed.), (2012). To Kill Charskaya ...”: Paradoxes of Soviet Literature for Children, 1920–1930-ies, St. Petersburg, Aletheia, 364 p.
  5. Ivanova, S. V. (2017). Children’s periodical press during World War II (the Great Patriotic War) by the example of the magazine «Murzilka». History of Education & Children's Literature, 12(1).
  6. Shevchenko, V. A. (2009). Young atheists against pioneers. Moscow, Algorithm-Book, 349 p.
  7. Kalkandjieva, D. (2014). The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948: From Decline to Resurrection. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315765549
  8. Villalobos, J. V., Márceles, V., & Ayala, T. (2013). Epistemología y Ciencia: La Hermenéutica Filosófica como crítica al Método Científico. REDHECS, 16(9), 105-120.
  9. Etcuban, J. O., & Pantinople, L. D. (2018). The Effects of Mobile Application in Teaching High School Mathematics. International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 13(3), 249-259. https://doi.org/10.12973/iejme/3906
  10. Shatilova, L. M., Borisova, V. V., & Kasatkina, O. A. (2018). Representation of the linguistic and cultural concept “lie” in the French and Russian language picture of the world. Opción, 34(85-2), 257-276.
  11. Muyambiri, B., & Chabaefe, N. N. (2018). The Finance–Growth Nexus in Botswana: A Multivariate Causal Linkage. Dutch Journal of Finance and Management, 2(2), 03. https://doi.org/10.20897/djfm/2634
  12. Ismail, I. B., Sabran, R., & Mohamed Ariffin, M. Y. B. (2017). STUDY OF SITUATIONAL THEORY OF PROBLEM SOLVING (STOPS) IN CONCEPTUALIZING FARMER’S RESPONSE TOWARDS INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION DELIVERY IN MALAYSIA. Humanities & Social Sciences Reviews, 5(2), 124-133. https://doi.org/10.18510/hssr.2017.528
  13. Carreto, C., Gêgo, D., & Figueiredo, L. (2018). An Eye-gaze Tracking System for Teleoperation of a Mobile Robot. Journal of Information Systems Engineering & Management, 3(2), 16. https://doi.org/10.20897/jisem.201816
  14. Stone, A. B. (2008). " Overcoming Peasant Backwardness": The Khrushchev Antireligious Campaign and the Rural Soviet Union. The Russian Review, 67(2), 296-320. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9434.2008.00485.x
  15. Binns, C. A. (1979). The changing face of power: revolution and accommodation in the development of the Soviet ceremonial system: part I. Man, 585-606. https://doi.org/10.2307/2802149
  16. Powell, D. E. (1975). Antireligious propaganda in the Soviet Union: A study of mass persuasion (pp. 117-18). Cambridge, MA: Mit Press.
  17. Froese, P. (2004). Forced secularization in Soviet Russia: Why an atheistic monopoly failed. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 43(1), 35-50. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2004.00216.x
  18. Keller, S. (1992). Islam in Soviet central Asia, 1917–1930: Soviet policy and the struggle for control. Central Asian Survey, 11(1), 25-50. https://doi.org/10.1080/02634939208400763
  19. Bennigsen, A. (1985). Islam in the Soviet Union. Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, 8(4), 115.
  20. Paert, I. (2004). Demystifying the Heavens: Women, Religion and Khrushchev’s Anti-religious Campaign, 1954–64. In Women in the Khrushchev Era (pp. 203-221). Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230523432_11
  21. Orbach, W. (1982). A Periodization of Soviet policy towards the Jews. Soviet Jewish Affairs, 12(3), 45-62. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501678208577401
  22. Bennigsen, A. (1979). Islam in the Soviet Union. Soviet Jewish Affairs, 9(2), 3-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501677908577308
  23. Grossman, J. D. (1973). Khrushchev's anti‐religious policy and the campaign of 1954. Soviet Studies, 24(3), 374-386. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668137308410870
  24. Warhola, J. W. (1992). Central vs. local authority in Soviet religious affairs 1964–89. Journal of Church and State, 34(1), 15-37. https://doi.org/10.1093/jcs/34.1.15
  25. Husband, W. B. (2004). Mythical Communities and the New Soviet Woman: Bolshevik Antireligious Chastushki, 1917-32. The Russian Review, 63(1), 89-106. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9434.2004.00305.x
  26. McBrien, J., & Pelkmans, M. (2008). Turning Marx on his Head: Missionaries,Extremists' and Archaic Secularists in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. Critique of Anthropology, 28(1), 87-103. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308275X07086559
  27. Peris, D. (1998). Storming the heavens: The Soviet league of the militant godless. Cornell University Press.
  28. Hickey, M. C. (2008). Communists vs. Clerics: the Smolensk Choral Synagogue, the Khislavichi Rov Shtibel Synagogue and the NEP Antireligious Campaign
  29. Broxup, M. (1983). Recent developments in Soviet Islam. Religion in Communist Lands, 11(1), 31-35. https://doi.org/10.1080/09637498308431056
  30. Neumann, M. (2008). Revolutionizing mind and soul? Soviet youth and cultural campaigns during the New Economic Policy (1921–8). Social History, 33(3), 243-267. https://doi.org/10.1080/03071020802268330
  31. Drieu, C. (2010). Cinema, Local Power and the Central State: Agencies in Early Anti-Religious Propaganda in Uzbekistan. Die Welt des Islams, 50(3), 532-563. https://doi.org/10.1163/157006010X545835