Free Expression Within The Soviet Union

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Free Expression within the Soviet Union has been a contested idea over the past century of its existence. Within legal boundaries Russians were restricted to state sponsored means of expression such as journal writing, classical music, or state censored literature and media. However these limited means that were deemed acceptable by the leaders were not what the general populace always wanted. A system that pushes for freedom and uniformity throughout its population doesn’t sound too bad but when that uniformity is pressed upon the individual’s personality; freedom of expression is stifled. That is exactly what happened to Soviet citizens brought up within their society that emphasized uniformity as a way to unify its population in an ideological battle which forced its citizens to stay within a Soviet framework. Rising out of Stalinist times, a youth movement stressing more open freedom regarding culture and expression began to pick up steam before exploding in the 1980s under Gorbachev. Movements in art, music, and literature contributed to the push towards glasnost. This reform came about after decades of resistance to state control of culture and expression in the Soviet Union through the early years(Lenin & Stalin), middle years(Khrushchev & Brezhnev), and the later years(Andropov, Chernenko, & Gorbachev).
During the early years of the Soviet Union, uniformity within the country was established under the state but pockets of resistance remained nonetheless. The
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