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Vladimir Voinovich: 1932-2018

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Vladimir Voinovich, perhaps the last of the great Soviet dissident writers, has died at age 85, having outlived the regime that sent him into exile. Voinovich fused Gogolian wit and Orwell’s nightmarish vision, with his The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin lifting him into the pantheon of Russian novelists.

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    China’s Risky Endgame in Hong Kong

    Minxin Pei

    In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that by the time the People’s Republic celebrates its centenary in 2049, it should be a “great modern socialist country” with an advanced economy. But following through with planned measures to tighten mainland China's grip on Hong Kong would make achieving that goal all but impossible.

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