Friday, January 29, 2016

In Putin's Russia, Intellectuals Trapped in a ‘Zone of Silence’ 

Intellectuals in Russia today suffer a fate that they consider to be worse than death—being forced to remain silent.

“Instead of killing us they offer to move us to the zone of complete silence,” said Ilya Danishevsky, Chief Editor of the Vremena Publishing House. While some may view this as a “more humane approach,” it is a fate that writers cannot accept, he added. Danishevsky works closely with authors who challenge the official discourse.

“We do not say the government needs censorship to prevent us from publishing our books. One doesn’t need to censor what does not exist,” Danishevsky said in Russian through an interpreter.

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