I consider that willingness to criticize Russia and Stalin is the test of intellectual honesty.

— George Orwell

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Of course, fanatical Communists and Russophiles generally can be respected, even if they are mistaken.  But for people like ourselves, who suspect that something has gone very wrong with the Soviet Union, I consider that willingness to criticize Russia and Stalin is the test of intellectual honesty.  It is the only thing that from a literary intellectual's point of view is really dangerous.

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• Letter to John Middleton Murry (5 August 1944), published in The Collected Essays, Journalism, & Letters, George Orwell: As I Please, 1943-1945 (2000), edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus
• Source: Wikiquote: "George Orwell" (Quotes)


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Name: CroppedStalin1943

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Description: English: A cropped image of Joseph Stalin during the Tehran Conference. In the full photo he is sitting beside Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill on the portico of the Russian Embassy. Lëtzebuergesch: Eng geschnidde Foto vum Joseph Stalin während der Konferenz vun Teheran. An der ganzer Foto setzt hien nieft dem Franklin D. Roosevelt an dem Winston Churchill an der Portikus vun der russescher Botschaft.

Date: 28 November 1943 - 1943-12-01

Source: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a33351

Author: U.S. Signal Corps photo.

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