Dissent in Russia

Archive Report

Mounting Conflict with Protest Groups

Unrest in Soviet Society and Riots in Lithunia

The soviet union is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and much attention is being devoted to the “fraternal” relations among the many nationalities.1In most ways, Russia today is a homogeneous society. But as the riots in Kaunas, Lithuania, on May 18 and 19 made clear, relations between the national minorities and the Kremlin are not as harmonious as they are officially portrayed. Moreover, the ferment among the Ukrainians, Lithuanians, Georgians, Jews and other national, religious and ethnic groups within the Soviet Union is only the tip of the iceberg. Dissidents include religious believers, artists, scientists, writers and many other intellectuals. At present only a few are prepared to speak out. They form ...

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