"> Name: Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov

Date:  1926 - 1950

Location:  Russia and Central Asia

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumTheatre , Personal Opinion

Artist: Mikhail Bulgakov

Confronting Bodies: Soviet government

Date of Action: 1920s

Specific Location: Russia

Description of Artwork: Bulgakov wrote many plays that criticized the Soviet government. "White Army;, or The Days of the Turbins" told the story of the White Army through one family's perspective.

Description of Incident: All of Bulgakov's plays were banned in Russia except "Days of the Turbins," which suffered many alterations dictated by Stalin's censors. Many critics accused the play of showing the nobility of the defeated army. Another of his plays, "Flight," was also denounced for "misplaced sympathies."

Results of Incident: "Days of the..." was restored after Bulgakov's death. Stalin supposedly viewed it 15 times.

Source: Censorship, A World Encyclopedia, ed. D. Jones

Submitted By: NCAC

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