Russia's European Satellites

Archive Report

Signs of Unrest in Soviet Borderlands

Recent Shifts in Communist Party Line

Signs of unrest and disaffection in the Soviet borderlands of Eastern Europe have appeared at frequent intervals since the death of Stalin in March and in recent months there have been strange happenings, not yet fully understood by the outside world, in all of the satellite states. Earlier reports of concessions to workers and peasants were largely discounted, but since the East Berlin riots of mid-June more and more weight has been given to accumulating evidence that Communist policies are in process of revision throughout Russia's European empire.

Local Communist governments have been openly confessing past “mistakes,” granting political amnesties, and abruptly proclaiming new political and economic policies which they would have branded as heresies ...

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