Soviet Union: The Truth That Hurt

Tvardovsky is truly the poet of "the truth, the whole truth, the truth that goes to the soul—the more of it the better—no matter how bitter."

That accolade to Alexander Tvardovsky was printed with official blessing in The Great Soviet Encyclopedia in 1956. But in recent years Tvar-dovsky's truth has begun to hurt. Russia's most popular poet has come under increasing attack for failing to show enough vigilance against "bourgeois ideology" in his magazine, Novy Mir (New World). Last week, after four of his top staff members were fired and replaced by...

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