Manual on Psychiatry for Dissidents  

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"It is well known that in the Soviet Union today large numbers of dissenters are being declared insane."--incipit of Manual on Psychiatry for Dissidents (1974)

Pushkin: You're a madman yourself.
Chaadayev: Why am I a madman?
Pushkin: You understand equality, but you live in servitude.
Chaadayev (pondering) : Then it follows that you are right: I am a madman.

--A. Platonov, "Pupil of the Lycée" [epigraph]

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Manual on Psychiatry for Dissidents (1974) is a 20-page text written by Vladimir Bukovsky and fellow inmate psychiatrist Semyon Gluzman. It instructed potential victims of political psychiatry how to behave during interrogation to avoid being diagnosed as mentally ill. It was widely published and translated in many other languages: English, French, Italian, German, Danish.

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