Letter: Communist informer

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Sir: As a Russian who has lived in Britain for 16 years, I felt a pang of nostalgia at Michael Howard's proposed introduction of volunteer street patrols to fight crime in the cities.

Like almost everyone in the former Soviet Union, I was once a member of the Komsomol (Communist Youth Organisation). I was forced as a young girl to patrol my city streets looking for disorderly behaviour of which to 'inform' the militia. So is the Home Secretary now proposing to copy 'good' Communist practice into our British society?

Yours faithfully,

M. BASKER

Bristol, Avon

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