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2008-10-23 09:00:13

Chinese political activist Hu Jia won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the parliament announced Thursday. "By awarding the Sakharov Prize to Hu Jia, the European Parliament firmly and resolutely acknowledges the daily struggle for freedom of all Chinese human rights defenders," European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering said in a news release issued from Strasbourg, France. Hu, a prominent human rights activist and Chinese dissident, has spoken out on...

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 06:00:14

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 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...

2008-08-04 09:00:03

Russian political and public figures have offered their reaction to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's death, Russian news agencies reported on 4 August. The leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennadiy Zyuganov expressed his regret that the reformers of the 1990s did not listen to Solzhenitsyn's advice, Interfax report said. "A most talented man with a very complicated fate has died. The epoch of those who prepared perestroika, those who were forerunners of ensuing processes...

2008-08-04 06:00:03

Various figures of Russian political and public life have paid tribute to Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who died late on 3 August, Russian news agency Interfax reported on 4 August. Solzhenitsyn is a man of unique and tragic fate, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has said, as reported Russian Ekho Moskvy radio. Gorbachev said: "There are few people who can be compared to him in terms of what he has done in his life. He overcame all trial and hardships. He was one of the...

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2005-08-01 07:50:00

OSLO -- Sixty years after the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, guardians of the Nobel Peace Prize could confirm a once-a-decade trend in 2005 by honoring work to prevent nuclear Armageddon. The five-member awards committee, which will hold several meetings before announcing the winner of what many see as the world's top accolade in October from a field of 199 candidates, declines even to give out names on its short-list. Yet if history is a guide, the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima...