Soviet Union: Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Two towering figures from the Soviet Union's past re-emerged last week in an apparent attempt by Soviet leaders to come to terms with some of the unmentionables in the country's history. The first was Nobel-Prizewinning Writer Boris Pasternak, the second V.M. Molotov, a long-time aide of Stalin's.

At a five-day congress, members of the Soviet Writers' Union voted overwhelmingly to transform the former country house of Pasternak, who had once been a virtual non-person, into a museum. Writers also discussed the publication of Pasternak's most important novel, Doctor Zhivago, which is still banned in the Soviet Union. They apparently reached no...

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