Soviet Union: The Attack on Solzhenitsyn

Once again, Russia's heavy artillery was rolled out against that nation's greatest living novelist last week. In a major policy pronouncement, the Communist Party newspaper Pravda vowed that vigilance would henceforth be exercised to "sweep away" Alexander Solzhenitsyn and other "wretched renegades." The author's banned novels, Cancer Ward and The First Circle, which were bestsellers in the West, were excoriated by Pravda as "lampoons on the Soviet Union which blacken the achievements of our fatherland and the dignity of the Soviet people."

Even more ominously, the paper equated Solzhenitsyn with dissidents,...

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