Registration as Privilege: The Moscow Residence Permit as a Mark of Privilege in the Russian Empire, 1881–1905

@inproceedings{Lonergan2013RegistrationAP,
  title={Registration as Privilege: The Moscow Residence Permit as a Mark of Privilege in the Russian Empire, 1881–1905},
  author={Gayle Lonergan},
  year={2013}
}
The internal passport and residential registration system of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation (propiska) is usually seen as an innovative feature of a totalitarian Stalinist government, designed to facilitate the surveillance and control of population movement. Even historians of Russia will point to the 1932 introduction of the internal passport and the establishment of closed cities (rezhimnie goroda) as an integral part of the totalitarian communist state.1 However, the system of… CONTINUE READING