SOVIET UNION: The Secret Police vs. Women's Lib

Moscow expels a trio of underground feminists

When the U.S.S.R.'s first feminist magazine, The Woman and Russia, called Soviet men irresponsible drunkards, the authorities were dismayed. When the underground publication went on to declare that Soviet society "degrades women to the status of a work animal, a sex object and a breeding machine," they became alarmed. Finally, when the feminists called upon wives and mothers to persuade men not to fight in Afghanistan, the KGB felt compelled to move in on the fledgling women's liberation movement. Secret police agents swooped down on the Leningrad apartments of three editors of the...

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