Walking to the podium to deliver the commencement speech at Harvard University in June 1978, a mere eight years after having won the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking literary work The Gulag Archipelago which documented the horrors of the Soviet prison camp system, Alexander Solzhenitsyn – a man who had fought valiantly for his country against Nazi Germany as a commanding officer in the Red Army, but who was imprisoned for anti-Soviet activities – had become a symbol of the country’s undergroun...

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