Russia: Applying a Czarist Remedy

By almost any reckoning, the five defendants in a Moscow trial last week could expect severe sentences. They had been arrested seven weeks ago in, of all places, Moscow's Red Square, where they had dared to unfurl banners saying "Hands off Czechoslovakia!" and "Shame on the Invaders!" Furthermore, two of the defendants were acknowledged leaders of the Soviet Union's growing intellectual dissent: Pavel Litvinov, the 31-year-old physicist grandson of Stalin's prewar Foreign Minister, and Mrs. Larisa Daniel, the wife of the imprisoned writer. To make matters even worse, all five defendants not...

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