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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    Revolutionary opponents of Stalin's regime

    Opens a window on the lives and deeds of those who were the most ferociously persecuted under the regime of Stalin and his Soviet successors: the oppositionists who stood firm on the platform of the Russian Revolution. While most of this generation were wiped out in the mass executions of the 1930s and 40s, some lived through it and told their story, as part of the rising Samizdat (¿self-publication¿) movement of the 1960s and 70s. The ¿Memoirs of a Bolshevik-Leninist¿, some 130 pages long, alone make Samizdat worth reading. Former Major General Pyotr Grigorenko, imprisoned in the 1960s for four years in a psychiatric hospital for counterposing Marx and Lenin to the rotting Soviet regime, also tells his story here. Essential to understanding the course the former Soviet bloc has travelled from the 1917 revolution to today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Russian oppostiion from the 1920s to the 1970s

    This volume shows a view of the history of Soviet anti-bureaucratic opposition that is not widely known in the U.S. Samizdat is the term for self-published political writings in the former Soviet Union. This volume includes documents ranging back to revolutionaries purged by Joseph Stalin, and as late as the early 1970s. My favorite section is the anonymous ¿Memoirs of a Bolshevik-Leninist¿, written by a veteran of Lenin¿s Bolshevik Party and member of Leon Trotsky¿s Left Opposition, imprisoned by the regime until the 1950s.

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