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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 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 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,...

2008-08-04 09:00:04

By DOUGLAS BIRCH By Douglas Birch The Associated Press MOSCOW Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian author whose books chronicled the horrors of dictator Josef Stalin's slave labor camps, has died of heart failure, his son said Monday. He was 89. Stepan Solzhenitsyn said his father died late Sunday near Moscow but declined further comment. Through unflinching accounts of the eight years he spent in the Soviet Gulag, Solzhenitsyn's novels and nonfiction works...

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...


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