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USSR-St. Basil\'s
St. Basil's
Cathedral, Moscow

Dr. Robert Platt

Dr. Michael Bourdeaux,
Founder of the Keston
Institute, Oxford, England




Join the W. R. Poage Legislative Library and the Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society for an exhibition that tells the story of everyday life and religious persecution inside the former Soviet Union.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Poage Library is exhibiting materials from Dr. Robert Platt's USSR collection. A majority of the exhibit is composed of the former collection of Dr. Robert Platt. He collected political campaign memorabilia since he was a child and eventually collected enough to fill an entire house! The Soviet collection began on a trip to Russia immediately after the fall of the USSR. During two trips, Platt collected enough material to fill over ten notebooks with pins and buttons on all aspects of former Soviet life.

Click here to read Dr. Platt's Journey to Moscow

The Keston Center was founded in 2007 to house the Keston Archive and Library which was moved to Baylor University from the Keston Institute in Oxford, UK. Officially formed by Rev. Michael Bourdeaux in 1969, at its height the Keston Institute was a vibrant part of the Oxford community and employed a large staff of researchers, published its own journal (Religion in Communist Lands, later renamed Religion, State, and Society), and was also involved in publishing many books that documented the fight for religious freedom by believers living behind the Iron Curtain. The Center partners with the Keston Institute, �To promote research and encourage the study of religion in Communist and post-Communist societies and the relationship between religion and Marxism.�

Click HERE to access the Keston Center Digital Archive.

mages of Russian iconography are used with permission of the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass. The museum holds the largest collection of Russian iconography in North America, spanning six centuries.


Dr. Robert Platt's U.S.S.R. Collection

Rise of the Bolsheviks: Creation of the U.S.S.R.

Rise of the Republics: Dissolution of the U.S.S.R.

The Keston Center for Religion, Politics and Society

Aida Skripnikova - Faith Persecuted

For more information about the exhibit, please contact the Poage Library at 254-710-3540.