At Last, a Tomorrow Without Battle: Andrei Sakharov: 1921-1989

Andrei Sakharov: 1921-1989

In his 68th year, modern Russia's greatest humanist and libertarian died in the way that most befitted his life -- in the midst of combat for his country's freedoms. He had spent the day of Dec. 14 at a tempestuous meeting of the Interregional Group, a coalition of liberal members of the Congress of People's Deputies that he had helped found. Exhorting, cajoling and arguing with his colleagues, he pressed for the establishment of an alternative political party in opposition to the Communists. Witnesses were shocked at how dramatically Sakharov had aged lately, as he made his faltering way to the...

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