SOVIET UNION: Solzhenitsyn's Counterattack

After a massive, three-week Soviet press campaign against him, Alexander Solzhenitsyn last week raised his voice in counterattack. In a statement issued to foreign newsmen from his Moscow home, the besieged writer defied the Kremlin to refute the charges made in his new book, The Gulag Archipelago. He accused the Soviets of damning Gulag 's description of Leninist and Stalinist terror out of "an animal fear of disclosure." To his critics he said: "You liars!" It was an unprecedented moment of confrontation between the Soviet state and a lone, heroic man.

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