Consequences: Families in Opposition After 1917
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The final chapter explores the ways in which the Bolshevik regime drew on its knowledge of the inter-relationship between family life and political opposition in order to target its socialist opponents effectively. As a matter of course, house searches and arrests included the family of the main target, prison regimes limited as much as possible contact with kin via correspondence and visits, and places of exile were chosen for their distance from railways, roads and waterways to ensure the isolation of political opponents from support networks. These efforts were only intensified as Stalin and his comrades turned their attention to perceived enemies within the Party itself.