A Plea for Nuclear Balance

Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov joins the debate

He is confined to the drab, provincial city of Gorky, suffers from a heart condition for which the Soviet government has refused the treatment he requests, and had to stage a hunger strike 18 months ago to win permission for his daughter-in-law to leave the U.S.S.R. and join her husband in the U.S. But despite his internal exile and straitened circumstances, Physicist Andrei Sakharov, 62, wrote and somehow conveyed to American Physicist Sidney Drell a long open letter detailing his views on control of the nuclear...

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