Russia: Bold Outcry

Public outcry is as uncommon in Russia as borsch without sour cream, but something very much like it has been triggered by last month's sentencing of four young intellectuals to terms in labor camps. Soviet writers, scientists and university teachers, who once quaked in fear of the Kremlin's displeasure, have drawn up petitions, loudly condemned the sentences and fired off a spate of letters not only to Russia's newspapers but to the Soviet Supreme Court, the Politburo and several other government agencies. In an unusually bold campaign, they have accused the Russian...

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