The Soviet Sailor
While all military service in the Soviet Union is described as an honourable duty and a privilege for those doing it, naval service has always held a special place in the esteem of the general public. This is not entirely due to the continuous and fulsome praise heaped upon the navy by the political leaders and the press. A lot of credit and respect is based on the part the navy played in the Revolution and the subsequent setting up of the Party, and the 1921 Kronshtadt rebellion does not appear to have affected that, but the prime factor seems to be that the navy travels to foreign countries — a tantalising thought for the great majority of Soviet citizens to whom any foreign travel remains a dream.
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