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This chapter discusses two topics of popular discourse. First, the welfare provisions were highest on the list of popular concerns because of the exclusion of peasants from state social benefits. Second, skepticism and disbelief accompanied almost every theme of the discussion: the talk about democratic elections, religious freedom, the right to free speech, and other subjects. This distrust resulted from unrealized promises, the zigzags of state policy, insecurity, and the gaps between official declarations and Soviet reality. Together with vertical distrust in relations between society and the rulers, horizontal mistrust weakened the cohesiveness of society from within.

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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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