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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 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 12:00:35

By ROSEMARY GORING ONE of Alexander Solzhenitsyn s earliest memories was of helping his mother bury the medals his father had earned as an officer in the Russian army in the First World War. Not long after marrying Solzhenitsyn s mother at the battlefront, Isaaky Solzhenitsyn died in a hunting accident, and within weeks he and his kind were seen as a mortal threat to the Bolshevik regime. Solzhenitsyn was born after his father s death, in the resort town of Kislovodsk on December 11,...

2008-08-03 18:00:13

Once exiled Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose works revealed the harshness of the Soviet penal system, has died, his son said Sunday. He was 89. Russian media reported the writer's son Stepan said Solzhenitsyn, who had been ill for years, died at his Moscow-area home of either a stroke or heart failure, the BBC said. Solzhenitsyn, who wrote One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, was awarded a Nobel Prize for literature in 1970. He was exiled in 1974 and didn't return until...


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