Moscow And Beyond: 1986 To 1989

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Moscow And Beyond: 1986 To 1989

By Andrei Sakharov
Knopf, 1991
168 pp. $19.95

The continuation and conclusion of Sakharov's memoirs (noted in Foreign Affairs, Winter 1990/91). These pages confirm that in the last three years of his life, following his return from Gorky, he remained the man of principle and devotion to human rights he always was. His choice to enter the arena of politics, in order to have a voice and an influence in the new order emerging through perestroika, may have hastened his death. He recounts several meetings and conversations with Gorbachev, to whom he saw no alternative as the country's leader, though distrusting his dilatory pace of reform and his thirst for personal power.

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