SOVIET UNION: Sakharov's Defense


To many Western observers, the recent campaign of criticism directed against Soviet Physicist Andrei Sakharov appeared to be a prologue to his arrest or exile. Last week, though, a massive wave of protest in the U.S. and Europe dampened−at least temporarily−the Kremlin's wrath against the great scientist. Soviet threats that Sakharov might be brought to trial for his bold criticism of totalitarian conditions in the U.S.S.R. and the increasing repression of dissidents (TIME, Sept. 17) moved Western chiefs of state, foreign ministers, and scientists to public indignation. Their words...

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