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Under the laws of the Soviet Union, who was explicitly denied freedom of speech?

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After socialists came to power in Russia and established the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), they published a book in 1938 titled "The Law of the Soviet State" which declares that "there is and can be no place for freedom of speech, press, and so on for the foes of socialism." The book also states that any use of these freedoms "to the detriment of the state" must "be classified as a counterrevolutionary crime." Likewise, Hitler's minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, wrote a pamphlet in which he stated that "National Socialism" (a.k.a Nazism) is creating a new legal structure that places itself "beyond the possibilities of criticism." After banning criticism against themselves, the governments of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and other socialist/Communist regimes killed about 100 million people in the 20th century.

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