Soviet Citizenship, More or Less: Rights, Emotions, and States of Civic Belonging

  title={Soviet Citizenship, More or Less: Rights, Emotions, and States of Civic Belonging},
  author={G. Alexopoulos},
  journal={Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History},
  pages={487 - 528}
  • G. Alexopoulos
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History
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