EAST-WEST: Advice on Dissent

Sakharov speaks on detente

President Carter's policy pf sharply attacking human rights violations in the Soviet Union gained headlines, but did nothing to change the Kremlin's stamp-it-out approach to political dissent. In a thoughtful article published in a special February issue of Trialogue, the bulletin of the Trilateral Commission, Physicist Andrei Sakharov, father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb and leader of his country's beleaguered dissident movement, offers Carter some advice on how to persuade Moscow's leaders to improve their human rights record without damaging detente. Excerpts:

The Carter policy [on human rights] responds to the demands of our time, and it is...

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