religious organizations, Council for Religious Aﬀairs, Council of People's Commissars, Russian Orthodox Church, representative, believers.
Abstract: The normalization of relations between the state and religious cults appear on the agenda at the beginning of the war, when there appeared the idea of creating a special agency authorized to perform communication between the government of the USSR and the Moscow Patriarchate. Such organization became the Council for Russian Orthodox Church created by a special decision of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR in August 1943 (the full name of the institution was the Council for the Russian Orthodox Church Aﬀairs of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR).
At the turn of 1943-1944 issues associated with other religions were solved by the same Council for the Russian Orthodox Church Aﬀairs. The president of the Council believed that there is no need to create a separate institution for other religious communities; it would be suﬃcient to expand the scope of existing Council, which would be to reorganize as the Council for Religious Organizations Aﬀairs.
However, the Soviet government decided otherwise. On May 19, 1944 it decided to organize a single body - the Council for Religious Cults Aﬀairs to provide a link between the government and the leaders of religious cults, except the Russian Orthodox Church.
This article discusses the activities of the Council for Religious Cults Aﬀairs under the USSR Council of Ministers created for communication between the government and centers of worship in matters within the competence of the state. The article also reviews the activities of representatives of this Council accredited to the Council of Ministers of the Moldavian SSR in 1944-1965.