1. Orwellian is so commonly used that it’s now a dictionary-approved adjective.
Straight from the dictionary! According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Orwellian means “of or like the society portrayed by Orwell in his novel Nineteen Eighty-four, in which a totalitarian state exercises almost total control over the public and private activities of the citizens”.
2. Orwell wrote 1984 as a commentary on Soviet totalitarianism.
Unfortunately, this relates heavily to the conflict in the Ukraine today as the situation worsens and citizens are struggling with no way out.