SOVIET UNION: Lashing Back at Gulag

After a stolid five-day silence, the Soviet government last week lashed out at Alexander Solzhenitsyn's sensational new book, The Gulag Archipelago (TIME, Jan. 7). It called the work "an anti-Soviet lampoon sent abroad by Mr. Solzhenitsyn in the guise of a New Year gift." Far from being a lampoon, the book is a meticulously documented account of the agony of millions of innocent people who, like Solzhenitsyn himself, were imprisoned in the vast "archipelago" of slave-labor camps.

In its diatribe against him, the official Soviet news agency Tass made no attempt to...

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