Everyone thinks they know about Soviet atheism. The rough outline goes something like this. With communism, atheism became the new religion. Lenin’s body in the Red Square mausoleum was the functional equivalent of the relic cult. After the fall of communism, religion came back. Atheism is over. End of story.
"Book Review: Victoria Smolkin, A Sacred Space is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism,"
Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe: Vol. 40
, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/vol40/iss8/7