Независимая Газета (Independent Newspaper), 22 January 1991

This paper was one of the first, visible manifestations that Gorbachev was allowing a non-party press. People stood in line for hours to get their hands on a copy, eager to read about what was happening in and to their country’s political institutions. It adopted a kind of prophetic liberal voice, as seen in this dramatic front page, reminding readers that censorship meant absences as well as the unwanted presence of the party.