Czechoslovakia: Debate on the Future

Russia's sudden occupation and gradually tightening grip on Czechoslovakia have made it clear that freedom is a losing proposition in the country. Yet Czechoslovak leaders and citizens have desperately debated and defined each successive loss to the occupiers, yielding no more of the liberties recently won under Alexander Dubček's reformist regime than absolutely necessary to satisfy Russian demands. Last week the first full-dress debate on Czechoslovakia's prospects took place at a meeting of the Communist Party Central Committee. Much of the agenda came straight from Moscow, but that did not stop...

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