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By Anatoli Kuznetsov

ISBN-10: 0671451359

ISBN-13: 9780671451356

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Who does well under Soviet rule? The loud-mouthed scoundrel, _ that's who. He opens his big trap and shouts : "Our great, brilliant, wise leader, our bright sun in the sky, our beloved party which leads the way . . " Tra-ta-tal And for that he gets his money and e ats, the crook. They've produced nothing but p arasites. For every man who really works there are three to supervise him and another six standing guard over him. And they stuff themselves like geese and ride around in motor-cars. They turned out the rich and they've made themselves even richer.

U. is gone; their cursed secret police have bolted. And I hope Stalin croaks ! And I hope their blessed party dies with him ! So there! And there's nobody to arrest me any more. The last time I was able to speak aloud was under those bloody bourgeois. For twenty years I've had to hold my tongue. ' BABI YAR 43 'Oh yes, the Turks will do you a lot of good . . ' Grandma sighed. 'Have you forgotten already what your father's shack was like? Under Soviet rule you got a pension; you might at least say thank you for it.

There were informers everywhere, and you were afraid to open your mouth. " And the police would slap a fi ne on you if you didn't hang out a flag on the gate for their holidays and their blasted elections. From early in the morning, when i t was scarcely light, they would bang on the windows, shouting: "All out for the elections by six o'clock, it's a national holiday, let's have a hundred per cent turn­ Ol_lt ! " I wish my voting could have choked them! They have the nerve to put themselves up as candidates, to give them­ selves jobs and share everything out between them-and then tell me I've elected them!

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