Anti-church policy and other religious communities
Throughout the entire Soviet period the Catholic Church and other religious communities were the most active force that was most difficult to overcome. The Soviet authorities who propagated atheism sought to neutralise them, to reduce their influence over people. Though the measures adopted by the KGB and other repressive structures against religious communities changed, the goals remained the same – to break down resistance of the clergy and the faithful who refused to accept restrictions on religious freedom, to take over control of churches management and weaken its impact on society. The priests who fled to the West and who were especially actively engaged in the activities of liberating Lithuania were also closely observed by the KGB, agency, whispering campaigns were carried out against them.