SOVIET UNION: One Word of Truth

For the past two years, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Russia's greatest living writer, has been prevented from delivering the lecture that Nobel prizewinners customarily give. In 1970, when he won the award, Soviet officials forbade him to travel to Sweden for the solemn ceremony. Gunnar Jarring, Sweden's ambassador to Moscow, refused to transmit Solzhenitsyn's manuscript to Stockholm by diplomatic pouch. Last week the long-awaited lecture finally appeared in the yearbook of the Nobel Foundation, which did not disclose how it had been obtained.

The lecture was supremely worth waiting for. The persecuted author, who...

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