Soviet Union: Freedom Fast

Sakharov refuses food

"I feel that a wall of misunderstanding, indifference and passivity has grown up around me," complained Andrei Sakharov in a letter to fellow scientists in the West. To break down that wall by an action compelling enough to attract world attention, the Soviet Union's most celebrated dissident went on a hunger strike last week. The world-renowned physicist and winner of the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize said that he was protesting the inhuman treatment given his daughter-in-law, Yelizaveta (Liza) Alexeyeva, 26, by Soviet authorities.

Sakharov explained that Liza had been denied permission to join her husband, Alexei Semyonov,...

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