Likewise, despite the Soviet Union’s attempts to eliminate religion, other former USSR and anti-religious nations, such as Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Moldova, Mexico, Albania, and Georgia have high religious populations.
My two cents
So the state tried to make itself sovereign (insofar as challenging religion) and it failed. I think this trend is a blow for the philosophical naturalism movement as well. The quote comes from Wikipedia, and it had 16 citations to go with it.
On a related note, it reminds me of the “Internet atheism: the thrill is gone!” slogan I saw on the Question Evolution! blog; I love the stock photo that goes with it:
Wikimedia Foundation. (2012). State atheism. Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_atheism. Last accessed 20th Oct 2012.