20 years ago, on 2 October 1980 a great Ukrainian poet Vasyl Stus was condemned to 10 years of concentration camps and 5 years of exile. 15 years ago, 5 September 1985 Stus tragically died in Perm special political colony No. 36. We publish today some materials from our archives: a fragment from Mikhail Heyfetz book ‘Mesto i vremia (‘Place and time)about Stus first term, the information about the trial of 1980, fragments from Andrey Sakharovs appeal in protection of Stus. All these materials are published in Ukraine for the first time.
As George Orwell said, every political movement has a lunatic fringe. Valeria Novodvorskaya undoubtedly belongs to that fringe of the dissent. Recently she wrote a public letter turned to Solzhenitsyn about the fact that he received a visitor – the President of Russia. Although we do not agree that Ms Novodvorskaya has the moral right to speak in such a tone of voice with the great writer, we publish her letter for the information of our readers.
11.12.00 | A. Sheshera, the Donetsk oblast | ‘Rabochaya gazeta, 28 September 2000
11.12.00 | Yu. Diachuk, Kyiv
11.12.00 | O. Koliasa, Lviv
11.12.00 | Sergiy Potapenko, Deputy editor-in-chief of the newspaper ‘Chernigivski vidomosti
11.12.00 | R. Romanov, Sevastopol
11.12.00 | E. Zakharov, Kharkiv
11.12.00 | I. Svetikova, Severodonetsk
11.12.00 | A. Terlovy, Severodonetsk