A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 18, 1980

"Alexander Solzhenitsyn was one man who certainly was not surprised by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan last December," says Associate Editor Patricia Blake.

"For years he has predicted that country after country would continue to fall victim to Moscow's imperialism." In this period of increasing strain in U.S.-Soviet relations and world condemnation of the Afghanistan invasion, TIME sought the views of Russia's most famous living author. Blake, an acquaintance of Solzhenitsyn's and a scholar, translator and editor of Soviet literature, was an appropriate emissary. The result, which appears in this week's World section:...

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