Passports and freedom of residence in the USSR by Mervyn Matthews

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Published by Hoover Institution, Stanford University in [Palo Alto] .

Written in English

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  • Soviet Union.


  • Passports -- Soviet Union.,
  • Emigration and immigration law -- Soviet Union.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 17-19).

Book details

StatementMervyn Matthews.
LC ClassificationsLAW
The Physical Object
Pagination19 p. ;
Number of Pages19
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1591947M
LC Control Number91122349

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