Newspapers: Revisions in Russia

Last week the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda (Truth for Youth) lowered the boom on a famed sea captain, Aleksei Solyanik. Though he had been celebrated as a hero for his whaling exploits and was awarded the Order of Lenin, the captain was now accused of "rude suppression of criticism, inadmissible nepotism, and abuse of his high post. He killed the sentiments of justice, honor and dignity among his own men."

Lately, such attacks on tyrannical officials have become commonplace in the Russian press. Thousands of letters of complaint pour in daily to the editorial offices of Pravda, Izvestia and other...

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