Brumberg, Abraham
July 1974
Foreign Affairs;Jul1974, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p781
The article presents information on the political dissent in Soviet Union from 1969-1972. During this period, open protests against specific judicial malpractices letters, petitions, and statements became the principal instrument of the Russian Democratic Movement. The movement was a loose conglomeration of perhaps 2,000 people or so, most of them members of the intelligentsia, and most of them concentrated in Moscow and Leningrad. Their most distinguished representative has no doubt been Academician Andrei Sakharov, who in 1970, together with two other physicists, Andrei Tverdokhlebov and Valery Chalidze, founded the Committee for Human Rights, whose aim is to struggle for the observance of Soviet law, and to do so strictly in accordance with the laws of the land. Finally, the period 1969-1972 has been characterized by a remarkable increase in links between the Soviet dissenters and the outside world. Soviet political opposition ceased to be only an internal concern, and its vicissitudes and fortunes engaged the sympathetic interest of a sizeable segment of world public opinion.


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