When I was a student of Vilnius University, sometime between 1975 and 1980, we used to joke that the largest country in the world is Cuba, because it is an island, its population lives in the United States of America and its government is in Moscow. As the majority of political anecdotes in Soviet times, this one also reflected a miserable reality. Stalinist constitutions with all their guarantees of free speech, freedom of expression and associations, free press, etc. were true anecdotes if compared with the real life in Cuba or in Soviet occupied Lithuania, where fundamental rights and fr...
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