In it, Service condemned the online reviews as "unpleasant personal attacks in the old Soviet fashion", adding: "Gorbachev banned anonimki from being used in the USSR as a way of tearing up someone's reputation. Now the grubby practice has sprouted up here."
We should not have linked Orlando Figes' remarks concerning frustrated academics to Rachel Polonsky of whom they would be entirely false. The implication that a review of his book in the TLS was motivated by a personal grudge or professional envy or anything other than scholarly concern is without foundation. We apologise to Rachel Polonsky for any embarrassment or distress.
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