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Original article name[edit]

I think the title of this article is in violation of Wikipedia:Naming policy (singular vs. plural). Can anyone justify having both Refusenik and Refuseniks? I propose to merge them into Refusenik, or whatever else we usually do in disambig. cases to avoid confusion. Humus sapiensTalk 06:44, 21 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Moved Refuseniks to Otkaznik. Objections? Humus sapiensTalk 07:06, 21 Jul 2004 (UTC)

New name[edit]

This article is now: Refusenik (Soviet Union) in keeping with Wiki naming conventions. By the way, the name "Refusenik" has become a well known English word itself, so it makes no sense whatsoever to list it under "Otkaznik" something no-one in the West has ever heard, and perhaps is suited for the Russian Wiki. Thank you. IZAK 09:12, 23 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Works for me. Humus sapiensTalk 09:58, 23 Aug 2004 (UTC)
I think refusenik should point here, with a separate disambiguation page. —Wiki Wikardo 20:54, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

any type of protestor?![edit]

Over time, "refusenik" has entered colloquial English usage for any type of protestor. My sense is that it means someone who is refused emigration permission, not "any type of protestor". Is that incorrect? Phr 03:57, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

I would disagree ’cause I know I’ve heard the word but I didn’t know what it originally referred to until my friend told me. IIRC, it’s been used for like draft resistors and such—probably the during the Cold War the -nik had convenient “commie” connotations. But you’re probably right in that the “any type of protester” wording is sloppy, imprecise or inaccurate. — Рефьюзник 20:54, 6 May 2008 (UTC)
Still, there needs to be some sort of reference showing this meaning. (In other words, I found nothing to support your assertaion.) Also, why did you computer program call me a refusenik when I didn't put in the right answer? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:52, 21 August 2009 (UTC)


There is no such word "refusenik" in Russian, its otkaznik. Refusenik is the pure English word.--Nixer 16:44, 4 May 2006 (UTC)

First, disclaimer: I was the one who tried to move it to Otkaznik long ago (see above discussion). Now I think that Refusenik (Soviet Union) is more proper. Even by your logic, this is English-lang Wikipedia and not Russian-lang. English-speakers don't know the word Otkaznik. BTW, the word рефьюзник was not unheard of, at least in the slang context. Thanks. ←Humus sapiens ну? 20:45, 4 May 2006 (UTC)
But the article should not say it is Russian word.--Nixer 06:25, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Illegal emigration[edit]

Please explain how Illegal emigration is relevant here. That article doesn't even mention USSR. ←Humus sapiens ну? 23:09, 16 February 2007 (UTC)

I am afraid the article "Illegal emigration" is dangerously misguided, staring from the confusion of emigration and travel abroad. I will try to put some sense to it, inlcuding info about Soviet emigration/travel laws. At the same time, Soviet Union is more associated with the notion of Defection. `'mikka 00:08, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
Yes, please come by and help out. I expanded the entry quite a bit just very lately. It could benefit from more editors.Terjen 00:17, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
I don't see any relation to Illegal emigration, other than failed Dymshits-Kuznetsov hijacking affair. ←Humus sapiens ну? 01:02, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Ronald Reagan[edit]

I have reverted[1] attempted additions by User:Angelmypal to the sentence "The coming to power of Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s and his policies of glasnost and perestroika, as well as a desire for better relations with the West led to major changes" of the passage "The election of American President Ronald Reagan, who took a strong military stance toward the Soviet Union, and the coming to power of Mikhail Gorbachev..." As far as I know (and I should know, having grown up in the Soviet Union during the times in question), the election of Reagan had very little to do with the internal changes in the Soviet Union, elevation of Gorbachev and the start of his perestroika policy and with the changes in the Soviet treatment of refuseniks. If such an addition to the text is to be made, I would want to see it supported by substantial references to reliable sources that establish such a connection. Until and unless such sources are produced, the passage about Reagan should stay out of this article, on WP:V, WP:OR and WP:NPOV grounds. Nsk92 (talk) 20:17, 25 November 2008 (UTC)

Please do not re-insert the passage about Reagan into the article until and unless consensus to do so is established here, at the article's talk page, per WP:CONSENSUS. Nsk92 (talk) 15:01, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Prisoner of Zion[edit]

Why, exactly, is "Prisoner of Zion" redirected to this page? -- The Dark Ride (talk) 06:04, 4 July 2009 (UTC)

Name for photo and documentary placement[edit]

I have moved the information about the documentary to the documentary film section and out of the introduction as it is not really relevant to the introduction and there is no reason it should be mentioned over other media mentioned later on in the article

I have also removed the line "See Photo: The third protestor from the left is Zachar Tesker." from the introduction, This information was un-referenced and does not seem notable given there is no wiki article on zachar tesker or any other mention of him in this article. If someone wants to add it back in please at most add it to the photo caption. Loganrah (talk) 13:46, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

"liberated" in discussion of emigration during the 1970s seems too loaded and non-specific here. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Taenaron (talkcontribs) 17:28, 14 April 2013 (UTC)