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Lenin's Private War

by Leslie Chamberlin

Chamberlain recounts the voyage of a luckier part of the Russian intelligentsia – in that they lived. This is the tale of their forcible exile by Lenin and Stalin in 1922, to “cleanse” Russia of “undesireables.” A valuable portrait of the intellectual community whose loss would cost Russia dearly for decades. Later cleansings were, of course, less humane.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Sep/Oct 2008