The Victims of Communism Foundation's Blog

Semyon and Tatyana Frank stood at the rails of the steamer Haken, holding hands and watching the dark waves of the Baltic, the scene illuminated only by the starry sky.  They were departing Russia, never to return. They had been banished. In June 1922, with the Civil War largely resolved, Vladimir Lenin finally felt safe in beginning to dispose of “threatening” intellectuals. Some were socialists, but not Bolsheviks; a few were survivors of the political right; others were simply religious. But free thought of any kind could not be tolerated by the new regime. Lenin …

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