Solzhenitsyn on NATO, Ukraine, & Putin
Men will not accept truth at the hands of their enemies, and truth is seldom offered to them by their friends: for this very reason I have spoken it.
– Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
Alexander Solzhenitsyn is the most famous critic of Communism—who actually lived to tell about it! In 1970, he won the Nobel Prize for his landmark Gulag Archipelago, which has since sold millions of copies (as many or more as the actual number of victims). If any man during the Cold War ever deserved the title “Moral Conscience of the West” it was Solzhenitsyn.
While fighting the Nazis during World War II he was arrested in 1945 by the Soviet Secret Police. Solzhenitsyn’s crime? He had written letters to a friend that criticized Stalin (codename “the Boss”). Sentenced to eight years in Siberian labor camps, his haunting experience is detailed in his short story, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Released during the De-Stalinization Period of Nikita Khrushchev, Solzhenitsyn was at first allowed to publish his sensational exposes of Soviet horrors, but in 1974 he lost his citizenship and was exiled to West Germany. In 1976, he moved with his family to the United States, where he continued to write and give speeches, including a now prophetic “1977 Harvard Commencement Address.” In 1994, two years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Solzhenitsyn returned to Ru
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