By U.S. standards, the seventh-floor Moscow apartment would be considered painfully modest. A narrow entrance corridor leads to a tiny bathroom, a toilet, a minuscule kitchen; two other small, book-cluttered rooms serve variously as bedrooms, living space and study areas. Yet if there is an epicenter to the Soviet Union's fragmented human rights movement, it is this dingy apartment. For it is the home of Physicist Andrei Dmitriyevich Sakharov, 55, guiding spirit of the harassed, hunted dissidents of the U.S.S.R.

There Sakharov welcomes Western journalists to issue yet another appeal to world opinion...

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