At War with the KGB

When it became clear, well in advance of last week's release of Newsman Nicholas Daniloff from the Soviet Union, that some dissidents would be included in the deal, the tantalizing, inevitable question was: Would Andrei Sakharov be among them? His wife?

The question was answered on Tuesday. Not yet, not this time. Sakharov, 65, spiritual godfather of the Soviet dissident movement, who was sent into internal exile in the city of Gorky in 1980, would be a prisoner of conscience a while longer, maybe a very long while. So would his wife of the past 14 years, Elena Bonner, 63, herself...

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