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“Class Enemies Have Organised a Series of Various Anti-Soviet Manifestations…” Information Bulletins from the Estonian Communist (Bolshevist) Party County Committees to the Central Committee Concerning the Mood of the People in 1946–1949

The Communist Party’s information bulletins had diverse content, which admittedly consisted mainly of the preparation, carrying out and results of Communist Party and state events, yet they also shed light on many other questions as well. The people’s political moods were among those other questions and they were considered more extensively. These are nevertheless not in any way comparable to present day sociological studies or marketing surveys. Their greatest value, however, is in the numerous colourful incidents and utterances recorded in the information bulletins, which as such simply liven up our picture of history.