Two years later, he had released all Soviet dissidents from prison and was beginning to loosen the reins on Soviet bloc countries.
But once on the site, dissidents and activists will be now be able to connect and communicate better than before.
He did the same to Iranian-backed Shia dissidents in Saudi Hizballah.
1766, in reference to Protestants, from dissident (adj.). In the political sense first used 1940, coinciding with the rise of 20c. totalitarian systems, especially with reference to the Soviet Union.
Persons who refuse to conform to prevailing political and social values.