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Who remembers Pavlik Morosov, child-hero of the Soviet Union, a model for the nation’s youth? Briefly put, the boy denounced his father for anti-Soviet activity. The father was either sent to the Gulag or shot – both versions of events being plausible at the time – and then Pavlik was murdered by anti-Soviet reactionaries or indignant members of his own family. The details are unimportant, and not only because research since the collapse of the USSR has demonstrated that the official story was a propaganda fabrication.