Postal Censorship

During World War I and World War II, mail censorship was a common practice in many countries, including Russia (which was part of the Soviet Union during World War II). Censorship was implemented to control the flow of information, maintain security, and prevent the dissemination of sensitive military or political details that could be exploited by the enemy.

World War I (1914-1918):

Russia was involved in WWI as part of the Allied Powers. The Russian government, under Tsar Nicholas II, implemented strict censorship measures during this time. Censorship was applied to letters, newspapers, and other forms of communication to prevent the disclosure of military plans, troop movements, and other sensitive information.

World War II (1939-1945):

During WWII mail censorship became even more stringent. The Soviet government closely monitored correspondence to prevent the spread of information that could aid the Axis powers.

Letters were subject to thorough examination, and content deemed inappropriate or potentially harmful to the war effort was often censored or confiscated.

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