“… It is time to remember that the first thing we belong to is humanity. And humanity is separated from the animal world by thought and speech and they should naturally be free. If they are fettered, we go back to being animals.
Publicity and openness, honest and complete — that is the prime condition for the health of every society, and ours, too. The man who does not want them in our country is indifferent to his fatherland and thinks only about his own gain. The man who does not want publicity and openness for his fatherland does not want to cleanse it of its diseases, but to drive them inside, so they may rot there.”
— Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, 1969