Human Rights: Passing Along the Word

The call came late at night. "Hello, it's me," said a voice at the other end. "Can you come over for a few minutes? I have something to tell you." The American reporter recognized the caller: it was a Soviet citizen with close ties to the dissident community. He was eager to pass along word that Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Andrei Sakharov had ended the hunger strike he began more than three months ago and was being held in a hospital. The news came from friends who had spoken to Sakharov's wife Yelena Bonner. She reportedly also told them...

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