Loveless Letters

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In the Soviet Union, unhappiness could have been considered dissent, as the state declared suffering “obsolete” after it empowered its people. So, when writing letters to state officials, people living under Soviet rule were careful to word their plights in a “politically acceptable” manner. In one letter, a woman made sure to convey that her troubles were not due to inaction. She expressed that she was willing to improve herself and her situation despite the bad luck that had befallen her, including her measle-afflicted child and cheating husband. Read full article here

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