Russia: Shaming Their Elders

The Kremlin went easy on its discontented intellectuals during the preliminaries for its 50th anniversary fete, unwilling to court unfavorable publicity abroad. Now that the celebration is over, it has resumed dragging the more restive ones through the courts. To its surprise and consternation, the younger writers and their educated circle of friends are stubbornly resisting the regime's pressures—sticking together, chiding their doctrinaire and bureaucratic elders, and risking jail or worse to win more freedom. To the Kremlin's embarrassment, the grandson of Old Bolshevik Maksim Litvinov, Stalin's Foreign Minister from 1930...

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