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Yevsektsii (alternative spelling: Evsektsii), Russian: ЕвСекция, the abbreviation of the phrase "Еврейская секция" or "Hebrew Section") were the Jewish sections of the Soviet Communist party. These sections were established in fall of 1918 with consent of Lenin to carry communist revolution to the Jewish masses. The stated mission of these sections was "destruction of traditional Jewish life, the Zionist movement, and Hebrew culture". The sections were staffed mostly by Jewish ex-members of the Bund, which joined Soviet Communist Party in 1921. According to Richard Pipes, "in time, every Jewish cultural and social organization came under assault". However, main emphasis of Yevsektsii was the assault on Jewish religion. Acting together with local Soviet authorities, Evsektsii organized seizures of synagogues in Gomel, Minsk and Kharkov, which were subsequently converted to clubs or Communist centers.