Communists: Protesting the Fig Leaf

Russia's intellectuals—and many of their colleagues in Eastern Europe—are squirming more restlessly than ever under the weight of Communist orthodoxy, but they see a subtle opportunity to lessen the burden in 1967. Because it is the 50th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, they figure that Communist authorities will take pains to avoid an open clash with the intellectual community, and may even be moved to lift some restrictions on their freedom. Whether or not their hunch is right, the intellectuals have been making some unusually outspoken protests against repressive government policies,...

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