By Robert Horvath
During the Seventies, dissidents like Sakharov and Solzhenitsyn ruled Western perceptions of the USSR, yet have been then fast forgotten, as Gorbachev's reformers monopolised the highlight. This ebook restores the dissidents to their rightful position in Russian historical past. utilizing an enormous array of samizdat and released resources, it indicates how principles formulated within the dissident milieu clashed with the unique programme of perestroika, and formed the process democratisation in post-Soviet Russia. a few of these principles - such the dissidents' preoccupation with glasnost and legality, and their critique of progressive violence - turned a part of the time table of Russia's democratic circulation. yet this ebook additionally demonstrates that dissidents performed a vital position within the upward thrust of the hot Russian radical nationalism. either the buddies and foes of Russian democracy have a dissident lineage.
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