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RUSSIAN ROADS AND RAILROADS Roadlessness and the ‘path to communism’ Building roads and highways in Stalinist Russia Lewis H. Siegelbaum Michigan State University; Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences Roadlessness and the ‘path to communism’ Dorógi dórogi, a bezdorozh’e—dorozhe, ‘Roads are expensive, but roadlessness is more expensive.’ [Russian popular saying of unknown origin] U Rusi dve bedy—duraki i dorogi, ‘Russia suffers from two curses—fools and roads.’ [Russian popular saying often attributed to Nikolai Gogol] One early morning in July 1929 Valerian Osinskii set
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