II.2. Political activities, 1964-1989.
Scope and Contents
Interviews of Sakharov during this period were initially sought by the Western press in the wake of his winning the Nobel Prize in 1975; journalists managed to reach Sakharov in exile in Gorky though he and Bonner were under constant surveillance by the KGB and contact with the media was blocked. The bulk of the interviews date from his return to Moscow from exile (1986-1989); Soviet press coverage of Sakharov grew consistently after his return from exile. Interviews are represented in manuscript drafts of Sakharov's answers to interviewers' questions, as well as transcripts of his appearances on television and of phone conversations with journalists. Frequent subjects of the interviews included human rights, the dissident movement, Soviet internal politics, and the ethics of science; and later, Sakharov's thinking on political trends, perestroika, reforms, and his participation in Parliament.
Some material is in Dutch, German, Hungarian, and Polish.
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