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The Ship of Philosophers: How the Early USSR Dealt with Dissident Intellectuals
By Paul Gregory
This article appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

Vladimir Lenin is often portrayed sympathetically as a leader who was willing to tolerate open discussion and debate, leading to speculation that the Soviet Union would have developed a more humane form of socialism had he lived. Yet, in one of his last major acts, Lenin initiated the deportation or internal exile of “non-Communist” physicians, which soon broadened into a general witch-hunt against independent intellectuals and professionals.





Volume 13 Number 4
Spring 2009

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