SOVIET UNION: Solzhenitsyn's Bill of Indictment

Once again last week Russia's greatest living writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, hurtled forward on a collision course with the Kremlin leaders. Heroically disregarding official threats, the Nobel-prize winning novelist authorized publication in the West of by far his most explosive work. It was Solzhenitsyn's first nonfiction book, a 600-page documentation of the entire Soviet system of mass police terror from 1918 to 1956.

Titled The Gulag Archipelago,* the book is based on Solzhenitsyn's eleven years in prisons, concentration camps and exile, as well as letters that he received from ex-prisoners and interviews that he conducted...

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