Russia: A Threat of Exile

The furor in the Soviet Union over its foremost writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, last week gathered momentum. A month ago, Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Russian Writers Union on the charge that his novels, notably The First Circle and Cancer Ward, "threw mud on the motherland." Nine writers are reported to have called personally on the union's secretary to demand reconsideration of the expulsion. Seventy other writers are said to have sent letters or telegrams to the union call ing for a special rehearing of the case, and 300 others have reportedly written...

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