Soviet Union The Long Hard Road to Moscow

The Long Hard Road to Moscow After life in the West, 50 disgruntled emigres go home again

When Artists Valeri and Lidya Klever left Leningrad for the U.S. ten years ago, they left in anger. Soviet authorities had shut down exhibits of the couple's abstract paintings, which convinced the Klevers that they had to head for the West in search of artistic freedom. Last week the Klevers returned to the Soviet Union, sounding angrier than ever. While Valeri had at last been free to create, he had also managed to sell few works. That forced his wife to take menial jobs during an odyssey that led the Klevers from New York City to Maine to California and back...

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