Russia: A Bit of Fear

A police wagon and a small truck drove up to the back door of a Moscow courthouse last week, avoiding the knot of students, the Western newsmen, and the two tearful wives who were waiting at the front. Into the vehicles were bundled Authors Daniel Sinyavsky, 40, and Yuli Daniel, 40, who were then whisked off to start serving terms of seven and five years, respectively, in forced-labor colonies. As expected, Sinyavsky and Daniel had been found guilty in a stacked trial of "maliciously slandering" Russia in their stories—some of which, oddly...