Most people contribute to Aleksander Solzhenitsyn a sense of moral reflection and conscience. In his masterpiece work, the prisoner in the Gulag, faces the stark reality that the powers of forced compliance are capable of the worst degradation and depravity, not only toward the single dissenter, but to all of mankind. While Solzhenitsyn is adept and skilled in literary style and composition, it is the strength in his moral message that separates him from other chroniclers or men of letters. But there was another Russian patriot that had even a more remarkable transition that shared that message of honest outrage towards a State that embodied totalitarian evil. His name was Andrei Sakharov.
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