In a centrally planned socialist economy like the one that existed in the Soviet Union, the government determined every detail of the national economy. This also meant that it determined the details of its workers’ personal lives, including where they lived, what jobs they took up, and where they could move. The Soviet Union had extensive restrictions on the freedom of movement that ranged from internal passports and residence restrictions to the forcible deportation and resettlement of entire peoples.
During tsarist times, Russia also used internal passports and the threat of exile to control its population. In response, Vladimir Lenin preached …read more
Source: Victims of Communism