HUMAN RIGHTS: Letter to a Friend

The Soviet militiamen guarding the American embassy on Tchaikovsky Street in Moscow stared in surprise as the chauffeured limousine pulled up. Out of his official car stepped a leading member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He was ushered into the office of a ranking embassy official, who received his caller with all the ceremony and respect due one of the world's greatest thermonuclear physicists and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

The visitor was Andrei Sakharov, spiritual leader of Russia's dissident movement (TIME cover story, Feb. 21). Though stripped of all his...

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