SOVIET UNION: The Silencing of Sakharov

For "the conscience of Russia," internal exile to a closed city

Every Tuesday for the past decade, the Soviet Academy of Sciences had dispatched an official car to pick up Physicist Andrei Sakharov and take him to one of the academy's weekly seminars. Last week, as his Volga sedan turned into Leninsky Prospekt toward the imposing 19th century academy building, uniformed militiamen halted the automobile, seized Sakharov and hustled him to the Moscow prosecutor's office. The 1975 Nobel Peace Prize winner was under arrest, as the Kremlin at long last moved to silence the Soviet Union's most celebrated dissident.

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