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The KGB File of Andrei Sakharov (Annals of Communism)by Joshua Rubenstein
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Andrei Sakharov (1921and#8211;1989), a brilliant physicist and the principal designer of the Soviet hydrogen bomb, later became a human rights activist andand#8212;as a resultand#8212;a source of profound irritation to the Kremlin. This book publishes for the first time ever KGB files on Sakharov that became available during Boris Yeltsinand#8217;s presidency. The documents reveal the untold story of KGB surveillance of Sakharov from 1968 until his death in 1989 and of the regimeand#8217;s efforts to intimidate and silence him. The disturbing archival materials show the KGB to have had a profound lack of understanding of the spiritual and moral nature of the human rights movement and of Sakharovand#8217;s role as one of its leading figures.
Book News Annotation:
After renowned Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov began circulating his famous 1968 essay calling for (in the words of a contemporaneous New York Times article) "full intellectual freedom, Soviet-United States cooperation and worldwide rejection of "demagogic myths" in an urgent program to avert nuclear war and famine," the KGB initiated surveillance of the dissident scientist. Rubenstein (northeast regional director of Amnesty International USA) and Gribanov (former literary editor of the Chronicle of Current Events in Moscow, Russia) present some 146 KGB memos to the Soviet Politburo reporting on Sakharov's activities from that time up until his death in 1989, chronicling Soviet attempts to silence him, the evolution of social and political views, and his continuing defiance of the Soviet state. They also provide a substantial introductory essay narrating the historical context of the memos.
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In this powerful book, the story of KGB surveillance and intimidation of Nobel prize laureate Andrei Sakharov from 1968 to his death in 1989 comes to light for the first time. Disturbing archival documents show how deeply the KGB feared this great figure of Soviet science, and how profoundly it misunderstood his role in the human rights movement.
About the Author
Joshua Rubenstein is northeast regional director of Amnesty International USA and a longtime associate at Harvard Universityand#8217;s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Alexander Gribanov is a literary scholar and archivist. He was the literary editor of the Chronicle of Current Events in Moscow, and arranged and processed the papers of Andrei Sakharov at Brandeis University.
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