The Evidence that Convicted Aida
The Story of One Young Woman's Resistance to Religious Persecution in Russia
© 1973 Michael Bourdeaux
David C. Cook Publishing Company: Elgin, Illinois All Rights Reserved Used by Permission
1. Skripnikova, Aida Mikhailovna, 1942- 2. Persecution
BX6495.S52 A75 1973 ~~ Dewey: 272 B ~~ LCCN 73078712 ~~ OCLC: 701704 ~~ 154p.
The Evidence that Convicted Aida Skripnikova is presently held by 42 libraries including the Azusa Pacific University and Baylor University.
First published under title: Aida of Leningrad
Table of Contents
From the Jacket of the Book
1. A PERSONAL MEMOIR S. L. Robertson 9
2. THE BACKGROUND Michael Bourdeaux 17
3. THE LIFE OF A YOUNG CHRISTIAN Xenia Howard-Johnston 34
4. "DON'T BE A CORPSE AMONG THE LIVING" V.I. Kuzin 44
5. AIDA'S REPLY TO KUZIN Aida Skripnikova 52
6. THE TRIAL OF AIDA MIKHAILOVNA SKRIPNIKOVA 64
7. AN INTERVIEW WITH AIDA 135
8. EPILOGUE: MARTYRS OF RELIGIOUS PROTEST 140
Many of us in free societies consider ourselves Christians, but how strong are our convictions? Seldom are we tested, and because of this, there is perhaps an uneasiness within us, an uncertainty as to how our beliefs would stand up under pressure.
A twenty-nine-year-old Russian girl, Aida Skripnikova, and others like her, have suffered discrimination in education, loss of employment, social pressure from friends and neighbors, harassment and ridicule, and finally imprisonment, because of their Christian beliefs.
They have suffered greatly, but have gained a serenity and happiness through the knowledge that they can and will fight to obtain their goal freedom of religious beliefs and practices.
What follows are authenticated reports gathered by Michael Bourdeaux, Xenia Howard-Johnston, and others at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Communism, in London, which uncover the tense relationship between Church and State in Communist countries.
From the Jacket of the Book
Persecution of Christians in the USSR?
The name of Aida Skripnikova has come to the attention of the Western world as a young Russian girl sent to prison for her religious beliefs. Other names have also surfaced, and we on the outside wonder what the situation is in the Soviet Union. Is there persecution? If so, how extensive is it and what form does it take? Michael Bourdeaux, Xenia Howard-Johnston, and others at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Communism, in London, devote their lives to finding the answers to these questions. What they have offered here is a glimpse into the realities of religious life in the Soviet Union, and a portrait of a courageous girl, and others like her, who maintain their convictions in the face of State and social pressures, including imprisonment.
The Evidence That Convicted
by Michael Bourdeaux
Edited by: Xenia Howard-Johnston and Michael Bourdeaux
THE EDITORS wish to thank Miss Kathleen Matchett and David Knight for their help in translating the trial of Aida Skripnikova.
Thanks are also due to the Sunday Telegraph for their kind permission to reproduce the material contained in the Epilogue.
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