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Sakharov: Giving Russia Back Self-Respect


Andrei Sakharov, the nuclear physicist, dissident and human rights activist who died in 1989 is still viewed by many Russians as the epitome of personal morality. He advocated civil liberties and reforms, enduring exile and persecution after winning the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize. But his actions never seemed motivated by ego or secret deference to vested interests. This pureness of intent, the action of a man who spoke his mind no matter what, is seen by some as naïve and others as saint-like, but all still prize it.

Andrei Sakharov, the nuclear physicist, dissident and human rights activist who died in 1989 is still viewed by many Russians as the epitome of personal morality. He advocated civil liberties and reforms, enduring exile and persecution after winning the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize. But his actions never seemed motivated by ego or secret deference to vested interests. This pureness of intent, the action of a man who spoke his mind no matter what, is seen by some as naïve and others as saint-like, but all still prize it.

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