Soviet Union: Involuntary Absence

At a majestic white-tie ceremony in Stockholm's Concert Hall, seven of 1970's Nobel prizewinners gathered last week to receive their awards from King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden. The eighth laureate, Russian Novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn, was present in spirit only. Fearful that he would not be allowed to return to Russia, Solzhenitsyn sent a letter to the Swedish Academy expressing the hope that his "involuntary absence" would not "darken" the ceremony. The Swedish Academy spokesman reportedly failed to read one sentence of Solzhenitsyn's message at the banquet: "May the people at this...

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