October 31, 1988
An anti-Stalinist conference of leading intellectuals and human rights activists from across the Soviet Union proposed Nobel Peace laureate Andrei D. Sakharov as a candidate for the Soviet Parliament. The Moscow conference, attended by about 600 delegates, also called for Soviet citizenship to be restored to exiled Nobel literature laureate Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn.
April 22, 1989 |
Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn's banned chronicle of dictator Josef Stalin's labor camps, "The Gulag Archipelago," will be published this year by a literary journal, a secretary at the magazine said Friday. Selected chapters from the lengthy book will appear before year's end in the magazine Novy Mir, the secretary, Valentina Ivanovna, said in a telephone interview. She refused to say who in the Soviet leadership had approved publication of the gripping tale of repression under Stalin.
November 30, 1988 |
The Soviet Union's new ideology chief said Tuesday that he opposes the publication of the "Gulag Archipelago" and other works by exiled author Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn because they would undermine Soviet society. "I am against the publication of a number of works by Solzhenitsyn, and in the first place such works as 'Lenin in Zurich' and the 'Gulag Archipelago,' " said Politburo member Vadim A. Medvedev.
June 27, 1993 |
Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, Russia's most revered living writer, will return home next year after two decades of exile in the United States but will not become involved in Russian politics, his wife said in a television interview broadcast Saturday. "We are already on our way to Russia," said Natalya Solzhenitsyn, adding that the homecoming, tentatively set for May, 1994, would depend on the completion of a home the couple is building on the outskirts of Moscow.
June 16, 1992 |
In one of his first acts after landing in America on Monday, Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin phoned Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn to voice contrition for past Kremlin persecution and to assure the Nobel literature laureate that "Russia's doors are wide open" for his return, Yeltsin's spokesman said. "In the words of the president, one could feel undertones of repentance," Vyacheslav V.
July 22, 1994 |
After a 20-year exile in the West and an eight-week rail trek across Russia, Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn returned to Moscow on Thursday night with a litany of complaints from his compatriots and a grim verdict that this country and its reforms are "in big, heavy and multifaceted trouble." "Nobody expected that the way out of communism would be painless, but nobody expected it would be so painful," Russia's greatest living writer declared.