Open Forum: Discussing Solzhenitsyn’s Life and Politics

After the August 6th publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn: ‘Let us change our course!’ on Toward Freedom, TF board members and advisors began an interesting and productive discussion regarding Solzhenitsyn’s life and political views. Solzhenitsyn is a controversial and complex figure, and under discussion was to what extent he can be claimed by progressives and the peace movement given that he was a supporter of the Cold War.

To offer alternative viewpoints on Solzhenitsyn’s life and times, we have provided a list of links to other articles and videos. Please check back for updates to this list and forum. If you would like your comments to be added here, or would like to suggest another resource on Solzhenitsyn’s life, email

Video: Boris Kagarlitsky on Solzhenitsyn, Russia Today, August 4, 2008

Solzhenitsyn and the Origins of the American Gulag: The Serpent’s Egg, by Chris Floyd, CounterPunch, August 9, 2008

Solzhenitsyn breaks last taboo of the revolution, Nick Paton Walsh, The Guardian, January 25 2003 

The writer who believed what he was told, by Phil Shannon, Green Left Weekly, July 22, 1998

Solzhenitsyn, Soviet Dissident Writer, Dies at 89, by Damien Franics, Common Dreams, August 4, 2008, (See discussion at end of this article)


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