Some time ago, the chief editor of one of the principal Russian literary monthlies asked for help in finding an American purchaser for his magazine. Russia’s new political leadership had announced that it planned to provide subsidies for a number of periodicals, but unfortunately, his monthly was not included in the list of privileged publications. Consequently, there was little prospect of the journal surviving, which would have been a great pity, since it was one of the most liberal Russian-language literary monthlies. The editor cursed the government freely over the telephone, thus confirming that glasnost’ had indeed been successful in freeing persons of their constant fear of the government. He was acting in a new way, unafraid of saying what he thought.
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