A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 24, 1978

Inside a Moscow courthouse last week, Anatoli Shcharansky stood trial with his life at stake. Outside, along with a group of dissidents, a small corps of foreign journalists waited grimly for the verdict, nodding at the familiar KGB agents who were photographing them in open surveillance. Among the correspondents was TIME's Marsh Clark, who filed extensively for this week's cover story, written by Staff Writer Patricia Blake.

For Clark, the trials were a culmination of his three-year assignment as TIME's Moscow bureau chief. In his 16 years with the magazine, he has covered...

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