SOVIET UNION: The Shcharansky Trial

A convicted dissident becomes the symbol of U.S.-Soviet tension

There can be no doubt that behind all the actions of this court of justice, that is to say in my case, behind my arrest and today's interrogation, there is a great organization at work.

—Franz Kafka, The Trial

He was, until 18 months ago, virtually unknown—an unemployed Jewish computer programmer on the fringes of the Soviet Union's human rights movement in Moscow. Then the Kremlin leaders decided to crush, once and for all, the flickering life signs of dissidence in the U.S.S.R. That is how last...

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