The Saga of the Sakharovs' Car

I would like to tell the story of our car. It's an old car, born in 1976. And the KGB has subjected it to persecution too.

As soon as it was widely known in the fall of 1981 that Andrei Sakharov and I were planning a hunger strike to get my daughter-in-law an exit visa, the car was stolen. When we were on the hunger strike and not leaving the house because we were afraid of being grabbed on the street and forcibly hospitalized, the car was suddenly found. The state traffic police kept calling us to come for it. We...

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