The Soviet leadership with (standing at left) Central Committee secretary Andrei Zhdanov. (Leader Joseph Stalin is standing second from right.).
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In the postwar Soviet Union, the powerful Central Committee secretary Andrei Zhdanov developed a doctrine that became the basis for a policy banning any cultural expression that criticized (or simply didn’t sufficiently praise) the Soviet system. Thus, “Zhdanovism” denotes the attempt to impose political censorship on the arts.City council has witnessed repeated cases in which members representing religious or haredi positions have objected to certain artistic events, arguing that the municipality – which represents all the residents – cannot support an event that would offend these residents, using their taxpayer funds.