IN THE REVIEW

A Speech to the People’s Congress

In a rush to adjourn on June 9, the Congress of People’s Deputies grudgingly voted Andrei Sakharov five minutes to make a closing statement. He had written down his assessment of the Congress’s historic first session (May 26–June 9), but the pressure of time forced him to omit or condense …

On Gorbachev: A Talk with Andrei Sakharov

The following exchange with Andrei Sakharov took place at a meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington on November 14. PETER REDDAWAY (Secretary of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies): Since 1953, i.e., since Stalin’s death, the general pattern of Soviet economic and political development …

A Letter to My Scientific Colleagues

Dear Friends, Two years ago your support played a vital role in resolving the problem of my daughter-in-law Liza Alexeyeva’s departure to join her husband. I turn to you once again concerning a matter of critical importance which could have tragic consequences. I ask your help in securing permission for …

A Reply to Slander

The Anatomy of a Lie

by S. L. Zivs

Similar material appears in Human Rights: Continuing the Discussion

by S. L. Zivs, translated by Dudley Hagen, translated by Dmitri Belyavsky
In early 1970, I received a phone call from Yakov B. Zeldovich. He told me that Samuel Lazarevich Zivs, a professor of law, very much wished to meet with me; he said that Zivs, a member of the Institute for Government and Law, was a good person and had done …

The Responsibility of Scientists

The following essay was written for the International Conference in Honor of Andrei Sakharov, sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Institute of Physics, and the American Physical Society at Rockefeller University, New York, on May 1, 1981. Because of the international nature of our profession, scientists …

The Death Penalty

Andrei Sakharov was unable to attend the Amnesty International Conference on the Abolition of the Death Penalty held in Stockholm in December. He sent the following statement instead. I regard the death penalty as a savage and immoral institution which undermines the moral and legal foundations of a society. A …