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Some interesting aspects on Dostoyevsky, Pasternak and how they are related to dissident: Part 1

“Any society that, for whatever reasons, fears independent thought is schizophrenic in its attitude toward the writer. On the one hand, it perceives the writer as a possible asset, someone who, through the power of the written word, can further the society’s goals in a much more profound way than politicians or a controlled media. 757 more words

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The U.K. Has Refused Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei a Long-Term Visa

London’s Royal Academy of Arts will soon host a three-month landmark exhibit of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s most important work, but the artist himself could be conspicuously absent. 572 more words

Ai Weiwei gets his passport back after four years

Ai Weiwei will now be able to leave China for the first time in four years as the controversial artist has had his passport returned to him by the… 145 more words

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Shows Off New Passport on Instagram

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei posted a photo of himself brandishing a Chinese passport on his Instagram account Wednesday with the caption, “Today I got my passport.” The image represents a significant step for Ai, who has been denied foreign travel since his 81-day detention in 2011. 217 more words