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the postal system and censorship
« on: April 07, 2010, 03:23:53 PM »
How did the postal system run under Nicholas II?  To what degree were personal letters censored, between ordinary citizens?  I would like to know about the average literate person, who wasn't part of the aristocracy or the nobility, who might send a letter to their father or sister or friend, during peacetime.

Were they opened? 
Were "offending" passages deleted? 
What did the letter look like when the recipient got it? 
How long might it have taken, vaguely speaking, to get from point A to point B?
Who was responsible for censorship of mail - the Okhrana?  The ministry responsible for post and telegraph?  Or was there another agency?


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Re: the postal system and censorship
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010, 09:44:08 AM »
You might want to buy this book
Postal Censorship in Imperial Russia
Peter Michalove and David Skipton

Historical and philatelic aspects of Russian Censorship, 1714 to 1917.

An excellent study covering the background, political and social, civil and military censorship. Well written and a finely produced, in English.