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Letters of recantation as a specific feature of soviet discourse (based on readers’ letters to “Pravda” and “Izvestija” newspapers in 1920ths)

In the present article, I analyze one subtype of readers’ letters, published in Soviet newspapers in 1920ths, namely, letters of recantation. By this term I mean letters where the author announces his or her resignation from a non-Bolshevist political party. The linguistic analysis of letters of recantation which is proposed in the article allows me to trace some important properties of the Soviet discourse which was only beginning to form in the period under analysis.

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