Russia: Voice of Dissent

At home, the Kremlin is having its own persistent problems with Russia's dissident intellectuals, who continue to badger the regime to relax its tight control on free expression. Last week the latest and most daring demand for reform came from a prominent Soviet nuclear scientist, whose 10,000-word essay —entitled "Thoughts About Progress, Peaceful Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom"—is being clandestinely circulated among a small circle of Russian writers, scientists and artists. In it, Andrei Sakharov, 47, demands nothing less in Communist Russia than an entirely free society enjoying complete intellectual liberty.

"After 50 years of full control over the minds of...

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