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Aleksandr Podrabinek: One Foot in the Soviet Union

posted 16 Jan 2013, 22:34 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Jan 2013, 22:35 ]
11 January 2013

By Aleksandr Podrabinek


Vladimir Putin has presented a bill to the State Duma for scrutiny concerning the introduction of criminal liability for citizens that break the rules on registering at their place of residence or place of stay. This step will reinstate the Soviet residence registration system (‘propiska’) once and for all. In modern jargon, registration was one of the ‘tags’ of the Soviet way of life, along with the collective farm, the communal flat, the GULAG, the Youth Communist League, the five-year plan and socialist self-obligations. [Read more]