BULGARIA: Repayment

Communists long ago observed a simple (but useful) political fact: the men who are capable of governing and guiding a nation are, even in big countries, a comparatively small group. Destroy them and you have decapitated a country; after that, any political gangster with a gun in his hand can rule the headless nation as he likes.

In the small, backward countries of eastern and southern Europe, the Communists needed only to discredit, jail or kill a few men to silence all opposition. Thus, in Yugoslavia, the Communist dictatorship silenced opposition by...

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