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By Hiroaki Kuromiya

Conscience on Trial unearths the startling tale, stored mystery for sixty years, of standard electorate stuck up within the problematic equipment of political terror in Stalinist Ukraine. In 1952, fourteen terrible, slightly literate Seventh-Day Adventists dwelling at the margins of Soviet society have been clandestinely attempted for allegedly advocating pacifism and adhering to the Saturday Sabbath. the single written files of this trial have been sealed within the KGB documents in Kiev, and this harrowing episode has before been unknown even in the Ukraine.

Hiroaki Kuromiya has conscientiously analyzed those newly stumbled on files, and in doing so, finds a desirable photo of personal existence and non secular trust less than the atheist Stalinist regime. Kuromiya convincingly elucidates the mechanism of the Soviet mystery police and explores the minds of non-conformist believers -precursors to the revival of dissidence after Stalin's loss of life in 1953.

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