Soviet Union: With Friends Like These . . .

With Friends Like These . . .

Because he publicly criticized the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Dissident Physicist Andrei Sakharov spent nearly seven years of internal exile in the closed city of Gorky. At a ceremony in Moscow last week inducting him into the French Academy of Sciences, Sakharov, who was allowed to return home last December, accused fellow members of the Soviet Academy of Sciences of spreading "cock-and-bull stories" about his supposedly "tranquil life" in Gorky. On the contrary, he said, he suffered psychological torture and frequent harassment while in exile. Despite the current policy of glasnost (openness), a newspaper account of the ceremony did not mention...