RUSSIA: Unwrapping the Enigma

What do Russians really think of life under the Soviets? Last week Harvard University scholars (supported by U.S. Air Force funds) published the most exhaustive outside study to date of contemporary Russian attitudes. Their findings were based on interviews with 3,000 Soviet citizens who left their country during and after World War II, many of them driven involuntarily from their homeland, as P.W.s or workers, by the Germans. Some conclusions: ¶ "For the average citizen of the U.S.S.R. political loyalty to the regime is a strange compound of apathy, passive acceptance and cynicism. Despite the high level of dissatisfaction...

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