The changes in the Soviet leadership have been of great interest not only because they represent shifts of emphasis in the U.S.S.R.’s foreign and domestic policies. Considerable attention has also been focused on the relations between the authorities and the various opposition movements.
In our country, changes at the top always bear with them a great many hopes and misgivings. The Brezhnev era with its slogan of “stability,” its prevailing bureaucratic style, and its enshrinement of mediocrity was not particularly rich in striking events. The dissident movement that began in the mid-1960s may well have been one of the most important events in the country’s internal life even though the official press and histories will long pass over it in silence or distort its basic causes and character....
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