Soviet Union Picking Up Where He Left Off

Picking Up Where He Left Off Back home in Moscow, Sakharov speaks out on human rights

Andrei Sakharov seemed determined to make up for lost time. Within moments of returning to Moscow from seven years of "internal exile" in the city of Gorky, Sakharov spoke out on precisely the issues that landed him in Gorky in January 1980. Asked by reporters to comment on Moscow's continuing intervention in Afghanistan, Sakharov responded, "I consider this the most painful part of our foreign policy." The frail nuclear physicist also tackled human rights. "It is impermissible for our country to have prisoners of conscience and people who suffer for their convictions," he said. "I will do everything within my power...

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