Soviet Union: End of a Fast

Sakharov makes his point

For 17 days it seemed certain that Andrei Sakharov's war of wills with the Kremlin could end only one way: in defeat and, possibly, death by starvation. Then, four days after the dissident leader's hunger strike led to his being hospitalized, the Kremlin backed down. In a rare concession, the Soviet leadership surrendered to Sakharov's demand that his daughter-in-law Liza Alexeyeva, 26, be allowed to join her husband, Alexei Semyonov, in the U.S. Sakharov, 60, and his wife Yelena Bonner, 58, who had joined him in the hunger...

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