An End to Silence: Uncensored Opinion in the Soviet Union

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An End to Silence: Uncensored Opinion in the Soviet Union

Edited by Stephen F. Cohen
Norton, 1982
375 pp. $19.95
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Selected articles from Political Diary, Roy Medvedev's samizdat periodical which circulated, in very few copies, within the Soviet establishment in the period from 1964 to 1971. The general slant is that of Medvedev himself, the struggle against Stalinism and for reform of the existing system in a democratic direction. The work is significant in bringing out issues in Soviet society in need of debate but hidden under the official blanket of orthodoxy. Cohen's introduction on "the Stalin question after Stalin" is an excellent summary, wholly relevant to the Soviet writings presented.

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