The Soviet State, the USSR, was declared to be “religion free” and atheistic. Churches were demolished, the priests were hunted down (especially in the beginning), and all the results of the development of the country were attributed to materialistic scientific research. Now things have changed. Let’s see how.
When the first space ships went into space these sorts of posters were popular – “Grandmother was religious, but science bright light and opened new horizons for us”, with a woman throwing old icons into the trash.
Normally, the great Soviet space exploration pioneers portraits were posted on the walls of the first Soviet space station and later on the ISS. Korolev, space rocket constructor, Gagarin – the first cosmonaut – etc. Look on the wall behind the guy, those are their faces.
But gradually things were changing. The Gagarin and Korolev posters are still there but new gold colored pictures appeared around the place.
Until in the most recent photos there are no more old heroes on the wall, just the church icons. And then things went more and more extreme:
Blessing of the space ships before they launch.
Blessing (hard) the next cosmic crew members:
Sometimes too hard:
Designing space suits for priests only:
This is how things go these days!