Future without Soviet control.



Soviet Dissident Movement : Intellectuals
"Dissidence arose among Soviet intellectuals in the 1960s and expanded in the early 1970s. Challenging official policies became possible as Khrushchev loosened state controls, but the practice continued to grown when the boundaries of permissible expression contracted under the Brezhnev administration. It reflected the contradiction between an increasingly articulate and mobile society on the one hand and an increasingly sclerotic political order on the other. While never including more than a few thousand individuals, dissidents exercised a moral and even political weight far exceeding their numbers, and paralleled the self-proclaimed role of the nineteenth-century Russian intelligentsia as the 'conscience of society.'" - James von Geldern
"Dissidence took a variety of forms: public protests and demonstrations, open letters to Soviet leaders, and the production and circulation of manuscript copies (samizdat) of banned works of literature, social and political commentary. In addition, from 1968 until the early 1980s, the samizdat journal, The Chronicle of Current Events, served as a clearing house of information about human-rights violations in the Soviet Union. By the early 1970s, the dissident movement evinced three main currents. Democratic socialism, couched in terms of "scrupulous regard for democratic principles" and "the possibility of an alliance between the best of the intelligentsia supported by the people and the most forward-looking individuals in the governing apparat," was exemplified by the historian Roy Medvedev in his book, On Socialist Democracy (originally published in Amsterdam in 1972)." - James von Geldern


James von Geldern, "1973: The Dissident Movement." Subject essay for 'Seventeen Moments in Soviet History' website. Accessed 20 March 2013. http://www.soviethistory.org/index.php?page=subject&SubjectID=1973dissidents&Year=1973


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