Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Case of Anna Ossovskaya

“The scope for any successful work for a defence lawyer under the Soviet criminal law system is necessarily limited. A few instances of economic crimes of which the author was connected during his many years’ practice in the Crimea and … Continue reading

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Romanian Camps

“[T]he Romanian camps most closely resemble the Gulag, even to the extent that they carried out absurd, overambitious projects of the sort Stalin himself favored in the Soviet Union. The most famous of these, the Danube-Black Sea Canal, appears to … Continue reading

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Betrayal of the Cossacks

“In May 1945, British troops, under what they were told were direct orders from Churchill, undertook to repatriate more than 20,000 Cossacks, then living in Austria. These were former anti-Bolshevik partisans, some of whom had joined Hitler as a way … Continue reading

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Bolshevik Retribution at Yalta

“Scattered throughout Europe, most notably in Yugoslavia, there were also anti-communist emigres: White Russians, that is, who had lost their fight against the Bolsheviks and settled in the West. Stalin wanted them back too: no one was to be allowed … Continue reading

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“Perhaps one should not make omelettes…”

“The Soviet model exercised considerable fascination. But many, including communists, who study its evolution, especially the key period which began in 1928, might well feel that somewhere in those years there was a wrong turning. And that no one should … Continue reading

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The Longest Road to Capitalism

“It was only on 2 April 1991 that a law was adopted ‘on the general principle of entrepreneurship by citizens’, which finally allowed individuals to trade (‘buy, sell, and deal in bonds’) and to employ others. So for the first time … Continue reading

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