Joined the Bolshevik Party, 1917, and the Red Army, 1918. Took part in the Civil War. Several high command posts during World War II. Professor at the Academy of the General Staff, 1946-1953.
Religious leaders contribute to secular and religious wars by endorsing or supporting the violence.
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.