He only came unstuck in his independent political thinking, and in his support of the poet Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
. Hearing he was cold and starving, he housed him in an annexe of his country dacha and incurred the wrath of the authorities, eventually leading to his being expelled from Russia.
The twentieth century, described by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
as one of history's darkest, provides the most deplorable outbreaks of evil for the thoughtful to contemplate.
, the Nobel Prize-winning author who returned to Russia after years of exile in Vermont, charged that he could see "no difference in the behavior of NATO and Hitler."
We will remember the names of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Andrei Sakarov and Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
, Lech Walesa and our Holy Father, John Paul II.
Opponents of the regime, for their part, most notably Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
, predicted that the moment the Russian people dared and were allowed to acknowledge their past and present, the illusionary omnipotence of the system would fade like a mirage.
The Soviet writer Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
who spent much of his life incarcerated for advocating liberty addressed the issue from an icy Siberian gulag: If only evil people insidiously committing evil deeds could be separated from the rest of us?