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Filipp Golikov

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There are also many instances where people hostile to the Soviet state are attempting by means of deceit and provocation to poison the minds of our citizens and compel them to believe in monstrous lies.
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Quoted in "Behind the Iron Curtain" - by George Moorad - Soviet Union - 1946

 
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