Saturday, November 03, 2018


As a rule, the lives of these people later became difficult. Almost all of them experienced fierce attacks and witch-hunts; at times, long periods of disgrace, and sometimes repression. The fateful irony was that the places where they could express themselves least freely were those that ought by nature to have been the freest - the academic institutions of the social sciences and the institutions of higher learning. There, Stalinist dogmatism was as dominant as before.

- Georgi Arbatov in The System: An Insider's Life in Soviet Politics

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