SOVIET UNION: A Warning for Sakharov

It has become almost embarrassingly routine for Soviet officials to attack Andrei Sakharov for criticizing Russian repression. Recently the Soviet physicist changed his target to the Middle East war and, true to form, he ran into trouble for his views. This time, however, he did not get the verbal abuse he receives so often in the Soviet press, but rather 75 minutes of terror at the hands of two Arab activists.

In a brief interview with a Lebanese journalist, Sakharov had called on the Communist powers not to "interfere" in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and had urged the West to "take...

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