Joined the Red Army and the Communist Party, 1931. Flight instructor and test pilot. Fought against the Japanese at Khalkin Gol.
Also fought in the Soviet-Finnish war. Fell in action during World War II.
Religion is bad because it divides people, and is a cause of conflict and war.
The emphasis on peaceful coexistence doesn’t mean that the Soviet Union accepted a static world with clear lines. Socialism is inevitable and the "correlations of forces" were moving towards socialism.