Rupen, Robert A.
January 1959
Foreign Affairs;Jan1959, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p328
Academic Journal
The article focuses on political condition in Mongolian People's Republic, better known as Outer Mongolia. It is not administratively a part of either the Soviet Union or Communist China, and its location between these two countries lends it special political importance. Most important are the single Communist Party which dominates the political life of the country, and other concomitants of a Communist system. Terror, too, has in the past been an instrument of government, nor has Mongolia been spared the curse of secret police and purges. An internal passport system does not now exist, but is being seriously discussed, and labor books have become important documents for many Mongols. Few Russians live in Mongolia now, and the number of Russian advisers has greatly decreased in the last few years. The Mongolian middle schools require Russian as the only foreign language, but surprisingly few Mongols speak the language well, and those who do have generally studied in the Soviet Union.


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