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Soviet dissidents were people who disagreed with some or all of Soviet ideology and who were willing to speak out against them. The term dissident was used in the Soviet Union from the mid-1960s until the fall of communism. These people were mostly intellectuals. They challenged the Soviet regime in various ways. They were encouraged by foreign journalists but often prosecuted or silenced by the government.