Russia: Word of Warning

"Renegades cannot expect impunity," Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev told a Moscow party meeting last week. "The Soviet public harshly denounces the abominable deeds of these double-dealers." Brezhnev was talking about the country's increasingly restless intellectuals, many of whom have al ready been subjected to show trials and long prison sentences for displeasing the state. Before the situation gets better for them, Brezhnev indicated, it will get much worse.

And so it already had. A few days before Brezhnev's speech, Attorney Boris Zolotukhin was expelled from the party, apparently for defending...