Dissidents Homeward Bound, Reluctantly

At the end of her stay in the U.S., Bonner faces an uncertain future

The wife of exiled Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov spent her 63rd birthday surrounded by three grandchildren at Disney World in Florida, mesmerized by the fantasies conjured up in the Magic Kingdom. For the past six months, Yelena Bonner has been nurtured by her family and awed by the wonders of the U.S. She has soaked up sun in the Virgin Islands, seen Cats on Broadway and stayed up all night with her 85-year-old mother Ruth, leafing through the pages of an old family photo album. Nonetheless, says Alexei Semyonov, a son from her previous marriage, "she never really could relax. Her...

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