A Letter From the Publisher: Oct. 13, 1986

TIME's coverage of dissidents in the Soviet Union goes back nearly 60 years to a 1927 story that reported on Leon Trotsky. Though "excommunicated from the party," TIME wrote of the man who was later assassinated in Mexico on Joseph Stalin's orders, Trotsky "is the leader of the opposition and is uncompromisingly outspoken in his criticism." Since then, and particularly over the past two decades, TIME has reported at great length on the activities of other Soviet citizens who have publicly protested the Kremlin's brutal rule. This week we return again to the subject with a lengthy excerpt from a soon-to-bepublished...

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