Shcharansky: a Latter-Day Job

The face is familiar: the high-domed forehead, penetrating eyes and open, boyish smile. His image has been carried aloft like an icon by demonstrators in every major Western capital. His name has become a household word from Jerusalem to New York. Prime Ministers and Presidents, including Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, have pleaded with the Kremlin to cut short his 13-year sentence. For his sake, rabbis chained themselves to the fence of the Soviet mission to the United Nations. Most eloquent on his behalf has been his wife Avital, an Israeli citizen who has tirelessly campaigned for his release.

Anatoli Shcharansky,...

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