Russia: Courageous Defender

No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I'm ready to accept even death.

—Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1967)

Even in the face of official Soviet persecution, Russia's greatest living writer remains true to his credo. Last week the clandestine texts became available of Solzhenitsyn's statements before a committee of literary bureaucrats who sought to expel him from the local branch of the Soviet Writers Union in the town of Ryazan, 115 miles southeast of Moscow. "I am ready to accept even death, not only expulsion from the union," he told his accusers, who charge him with allowing...

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