Joined the Bolshevik Party, 1932, and the Red Navy, 1941. Instructor pilot before World War II. During World War II, fighter pilot in the Navy, carrying out many successful attacks on German ships.
Religion divides people, and is a cause of numerous wars and conflicts throughout the human history.
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.