Sakharov: Sakharov And Solzhenitsyn: a Difference in Principle

Despite their common struggle against the arbitrariness of the Soviet system, Sakharov and fellow Nobel laureate and dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn stood far apart on fundamental questions of Soviet life.

We first met at the apartment of a friend of mine on Aug. 26, 1968. With his lively blue eyes and ruddy beard, his tongue-twistingly fast speech delivered in an unexpected treble and his deliberate, precise gestures, he seemed an animated concentration of purposeful energy.

He voiced his disagreements with me in incisive fashion. Any kind of convergence is out of the question. The West is caught up in materialism and permissiveness....

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