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Sheila Fitzpatrick: Emigrés on the Make

27 January 2020
Cold War Exiles and the CIA: Plotting to Free Russia 
by Benjamin Tromly.
Oxford, 329 pp., £75, September 2019, 978 0 19 884040 4
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The Dissidents: A Memoir of Working with the Resistance in Russia, 1960-90 
by Peter Reddaway.
Brookings, 337 pp., £25.50, February, 978 0 8157 3773 5
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... so alienated from its government, it seemed that a small well-placed shove from the outside might bring the whole regime tumbling down.There were a couple of flaws in this argument. The one BenjaminTromly focuses on is the fact that the Russians eager to stay in the West were not democracy-lovers who had ‘chosen freedom’ but rather, for the most part, involuntary wartime border-crossers, many of ...

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