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2009-03-19 16:52:00

A homage to his the life, works and relentless love for freedom NEW YORK, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --In many ways Communist totalitarianism was an extreme manifestation of certain deep currents in the history of the West that are still active today: the idea that human reality can be reduced to its economic and material factors; the idea that society can and should be regulated according to "scientific" principles; the idea that religion is a form of alienation directed towards an...

2008-08-10 15:00:17

Dissident author Alexander Solzhenitsyn ripped the veil from an unknown world: the infamous gulags of Stalinist Russia, whose terrors were cloistered from the global community. Through his literary talents, Solzhenitsyn revealed the measure of Soviet monstrosity against its own people. His recent death, at age 89, has drawn renewed attention to his achievements. As a near-powerless prisoner of an authoritarian regime, Solzhenistyn bravely unmasked what happened in its shadows, by publishing...

2008-08-06 09:00:37

"Live Not By Lies!" thundered Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who died Sunday at 89, in the uncannily wise, noble and thrilling statement he addressed to fellow Russians on Feb. 13, 1974. It was the day in the life of Alexander Isayevich that changed his own forever, the one on which Soviet leaders arrested their insufferably impudent Tolstoy and prepared his next-day exile. In that moving, astonishing document, the courageous author of "The Gulag Archipelago" and other classic accounts of Soviet...

2008-08-05 12:00:17

Excerpt from "24" news report by corporate-owned Russian Ren TV on 5 August [Presenter] A silent farewell to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn started in Moscow an hour-and-a-half ago [the body of the late writer is on display for the public to pay their last respects]. There will be no speeches in the building of the Russian Academy of Sciences today. According to the writer's wish, those who want to say something can do so only in Donskoy Monastery [at Solzhenitsyn's funeral on 6 August]. [Passage...

2008-08-05 09:00:19

By Mike Pride When communism crumbled, the world perspective of a generation crumbled with it. For more than 40 years, all of us born just after World War II had filtered international events through the prism of the struggle between communism and capitalism. Violence and war in Korea, Hungary, Cuba, Vietnam, Central America, Afghanistan and a dozen other hot spots were all episodes in the same ideological stalemate. Baby boomers were lucky. Yes, we lived under the threat of mutually...

2008-08-05 06:00:00

By Alex Rodriguez, Chicago Tribune Aug. 5--MOSCOW -- When Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994 after 20 years in exile, he found a country free from tyrannical rule but deeply troubled by new burdens. The economy was eroding. The stage was being set for the era of oligarchs. Speaking to a throng of Russians welcoming him in Vladivostok, Solzhenitsyn yearned for a day when his homeland would find "a ray of light ahead." For millions of Russians, Solzhenitsyn was that ray of...

2008-08-05 06:00:14

By Clifford J. Levy In a museum here is a box of detergent that stands as a symbol of the reverence that Russians once held for Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the literary giant who died Sunday night. Within the box is concealed an illicit copy of Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece about the Soviet labor camps, "The Gulag Archipelago," which was obsessively circulated in Soviet times despite the penalties for those who read it. On Monday, today's Russian leaders voiced their admiration for...

2008-08-05 00:00:11

By Dmitry Babichin Moscow; Anne Penketh Russians piled flowers outside the gates of the home of Alexander Solzhenitsyn as they mourned the death of Russia's leading anti- Soviet dissident and Nobel laureate who chronicled the Stalin terror. The writer, whose masterwork, The Gulag Archipelago, revealed to the world the full horror of the Soviet labour camp network when it was published in the West, died of heart failure on Sunday night. His wife, Natalya, who had accompanied him during...

2008-08-04 21:00:09

MOSCOW. Aug 4 (Interfax) - Alexander Solzhenitsyn was "a man with a unique life story whose name will remain in the history of Russia," former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev in an interview with Interfax. "Severe trials befell Solzhenitsyn, as they did millions of other people in this country. He was among the first to speak out about the brutality of Stalin's regime and about the people who experienced it but were not crushed," Gorbachev said. "A great man and an outstanding author, a...

2008-08-04 15:00:19

Excerpt from report by private One Plus One TV on 4 August: [Presenter] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer and Nobel Prize winner, died last night. He died at his house in Moscow on the 90th year. [Passage omitted: biographical details] [Semen Hluzman, captioned as former dissident, in Russian] For me, Solzhenitsyn is an entire epoch. The epoch of my youth. In that epoch, Solzhenitsyn perhaps played the dominant role because in order to make little steps if was necessary to have...


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