SOVIET UNION: The Voice of Discontent

Another prominent Soviet intellectual last week joined the growing debate on East-West détente. In a 7,000-word article circulated in Moscow and published in West Germany's weekly Die Zeit, Historian Roy Medvedev, 48, best known for his exhaustive exposé of the Stalinist purges (Let History Judge), took issue with several fellow dissidents who believe that Western pressures can lead to internal reforms. Arguing that change in the Soviet system can come only from above, Medvedev expressed fears that demands from the West are more likely to "make more difficult the process of...

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