Gee--Ottoman Turks, Stalinists, Nazis, Islamic fundamentalists and everyone else. I guess the world does not like us. 50,000,000 dead! Let us light a candle and pray for their souls.
From the article:
"During the 1980's, the Immigration and Naturalization Service gave refugee status to any Soviet citizen who applied on religious grounds - except for members of the Orthodox Church."
I am almost certain that this is due to the influence of Protestant missionary organizations. The same type of policy was employed in the Ethiopian/Eritrean refugee camps in Sudan. People applying for asylum in America were encouraged to change their religion to one of the Protestant denominations in order to get a visa.
Thanks for the article Serge!
Indeed! The Moscow-born priest of my former parish got out of Russia on an Israeli passport, then made it to the States and St. Vladimir's Seminary!