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"From the Ted Talk by Mikhail Zygar: What the Russian Revolution would have looked like on social media"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

Our project was a shock for many Russians, who used to think that our country has always been an autocratic empire and the ideas of freedom and democracy could never have prevailed, just because democracy was not our _______. But if we take a broader look, it's not that _____ and white. Yes, 1917 led to 70 _____ of communist dictatorship. But with this project, we see that Russia could have had a different history and a __________ future, as any other country could or still can. Reading the posts from 1917, you learn that ______ was the first country in the world to abolish the death penalty, or one of the first ones to _____ women voting rights.

Solution

  1. russia
  2. black
  3. democratic
  4. years
  5. destiny
  6. grant

Original Text

Our project was a shock for many Russians, who used to think that our country has always been an autocratic empire and the ideas of freedom and democracy could never have prevailed, just because democracy was not our destiny. But if we take a broader look, it's not that black and white. Yes, 1917 led to 70 years of communist dictatorship. But with this project, we see that Russia could have had a different history and a democratic future, as any other country could or still can. Reading the posts from 1917, you learn that Russia was the first country in the world to abolish the death penalty, or one of the first ones to grant women voting rights.

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Important Words

  1. abolish
  2. autocratic
  3. black
  4. broader
  5. communist
  6. country
  7. death
  8. democracy
  9. democratic
  10. destiny
  11. dictatorship
  12. empire
  13. freedom
  14. future
  15. grant
  16. history
  17. ideas
  18. learn
  19. led
  20. penalty
  21. posts
  22. prevailed
  23. project
  24. reading
  25. rights
  26. russia
  27. russians
  28. shock
  29. voting
  30. white
  31. women
  32. world
  33. years