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    Alexander Solzhenitsyn Dies

    Russian literary giant Alexander Solzhenitsyn - the writer who bravely exposed the horrors of Soviet Communism to the world - has died aged 89.

    The author, poet and historian, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970, suffered either a fatal stroke or heart failure at his Moscow home, according to Russian news reports.

    Solzhenitsyn shot to prominence for his unflinching depictions of the brutality of Stalin's network of Soviet gulag deathcamps, in which more than 20 million people died.

    His accounts of the shocking inhumanity of the Bolshevik Communists appalled the West and saw him stripped of his Soviet citizenship.

    Forced into exile for 20 years, he settled in West Germany and later the USA, and from his base there continued to be a thorn in the side of the Communist government.

    The Gulag Archipelago, his best-known work which was banned in Russia but published in the West in 1973 - is a devastating detailed history of Lenin's and Stalin's reign of terror.

    He was awarded the Nobel prize -which he was famously banned from collecting - "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature"

    Solzhenitsyn's son Stepan said last night that his father died of heart failure, at the home he shares with his second wife Natalya at 23.45 local time.

    Other reports quoted literary sources as saying he had suffered a stroke.

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent his condolences to the writer's family, a Kremlin spokesman said.

    Born in Rostov, Solzhenitsyn's early years saw the new Soviet union devastated by hunger and violence.

    A maths and physics graduate, he served as an officer with the Red Army in World War Two and was decorated for his courage.

    But denounced in 1945 for criticising Stalin in a letter, he spent the next eight years doing back-breaking hard labour in a network of prison camps, vividly described in "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.".

    Disillusioned with the regime, the experience moulded into one of the most prominent dissidents of the Soviet era.His major novels uncover the hidden world of prisons, labour camps, food shortages and summary justice he experienced.

    Best-sellers in the West, they destroyed any remaining sympathy for the Communist regime among left-wing intellectuals, and inspired millions with the message that personal courage could defeat a totalitarian regime.

    His books were initially welcomed by the Russian leader Khruschev who was keen to distance himself from the Stalinist terror, but after his ousting, his works were banned and he began facing KGB harassment.

    Solzhenitsyn as a captain in the Soviet Army in 1944
    When summoned for deportation in 1974, he made a damning written statement to the authorities: "Given the widespread and unrestrained lawlessness that has reigned in our country for many years, and an eight-year campaign of slander and persecution against me, I refuse to recognize the legality of your summons.

    "Before asking that citizens obey the law, learn how to observe it yourselves. Free the innocent, and punish those guilty of mass murder."

    The West offered him shelter and accolades, but Solzhenitsyn was vocal in his criticism of Western culture for what he considered its weakness and decadence.

    Returning to his home country as a hero in 1994, he was lived quietly in Moscow, where his writing has continued to criticise Western materialism and Russian bureaucracy.

    But his later works did not generate the same interest from the West. His disdain for capitalism and disgust with the new generation of Russian tycoons was unfashionable, and in recent years he has faded from view, although his popularity has increased under Putin.

    Solzhenitsyn is survived by his wife and three sons.

    One of his later books 'Two Hundred Years Together' was not published in English. It tackled the Jewish influence in Russia.

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    Alexander Solzhenitsyn Has Died

    Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who exposed Stalin's prison system in his novels and spent 20 years in exile, has died near Moscow at the age of 89.

    The author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, who returned to Russia in 1994, died of either a stroke or heart failure.

    The Nobel laureate had suffered from high blood pressure in recent years.

    After returning to Russia, Solzhenitsyn wrote several polemics on Russian history and identity.

    His son Stepan was quoted by one Russian news agency as saying his father died of heart failure, while another agency quoted literary sources as saying he had suffered a stroke.
    He died in his home in the Moscow area, where he had lived with his wife Natalya, at 2345 local time (1945 GMT), Stepan told Itar-Tass.
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent his condolences to the writer's family, a Kremlin spokesperson said.

    Prisoner, patient, writer

    Solzhenitsyn served as a Soviet artillery officer in World War II and was decorated for his courage but in 1945 was denounced for criticising Stalin in a letter.

    He spent the next eight years in the Soviet prison system, or Gulag, before being internally exiled to Kazakhstan, where he was successfully treated for stomach cancer.

    Publication in 1962 of the novella Denisovich, an account of a day in a Gulag prisoner's life, made him a celebrity during the post-Stalin political thaw.
    However, within a decade, the writer awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize for Literature was out of favour again for his work, and was being harassed by the KGB secret police.

    In 1973, the first of the three volumes of Archipelago, a detailed account of the systematic Soviet abuses from 1918 to 1956 in the vast network of its prison and labour camps, was published in the West.
    Its publication sparked a furious backlash in the Soviet press, which denounced him as a traitor

    Early in 1974, the Soviet authorities stripped him of his citizenship and expelled him from the country.
    I never liked Russian global politics but Alexander Solzhenitsyn is one of the great Russian 20th century contemporary writers. I admire him for his beliefs and stood up for it which is something to admire about. And I just came back from my vacation from St Petersburg's and its certainly the Baltic Venice.
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    ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN (1918 – 2008) is arguably the world’s best-known critic of Soviet Bolshevism, which is why it is difficult to find a kind word about the Gulag holocaust survivor in the West’s leftist media.

    Vladimir Putin is, however, the Soviet dissident’s greatest fan. The West’s most popular national leader made this clear by publicly meeting the great writer, constantly praising him, and attending the funeral of the fighter for universal human rights. Significantly in his speech, the Russian president criticised the Soviet totalitarian system which brought suffering and severe trials to millions of people.

    Interestingly, no Western leader has ever publicly criticised Bolshevism. The US / UK funded the so-called Russian revolution of 1917 – 1922. When in 1941, Bolshevism was all but defeated by the Reich, it was America and Britain’s Lend Lease Plan that saved the satanic Soviet system and allowed it to fester and enslave Russia and much of Europe for a further 45 years.

    During its miserable 75-years lifetime the Soviet Gulag (Solzhenitsyn survived the Gulag) was constantly topped up by transport provided by the United States and United Kingdom. Both benefited from the labours of millions of prisoners whom Trotsky sneeringly dubbed ‘White Negroes’.

    Vladimir Putin went on to heap praise on Alexander Solzhenitsyn for criticising US-sponsored Bolshevism (1917 – 1990) and for calling for morality. Solzhenitsyn was a staunch Christian in his later years and urged his countrymen to look to their traditional religion for moral strength.

    On December 11, 2018, a clearly moved Vladimir Putin mounted the rostrum at the unveiling of his monument dedicated to Alexander Solzhenitsyn. The event was yellow pencilled out of Western media which likes to falsely paint the Russian leader as a Soviet sympathiser.


    “Without understanding the country’s past there can be no meaningful movement into the future, Solzhenitsyn believed. Therefore, he directed his efforts toward finding and designating ways to improve Russia, so that the hardest and most dramatic trials that befell our country would never happen again so that people would live in dignity and justice. This is how he saw his mission, his goals and the meaning of his service.

    “Friends, the centenary of Alexander Solzhenitsyn is a landmark occasion for the whole country. Many events have been timed to this date to perpetuate the memory of our great compatriot.

    One of them is the unveiling of a monument in the writer’s native town of Kislovodsk, and the opening of his memorial museum in Moscow, as well as conferences, exhibitions, lectures, productions and theatrical adaptations of his works in many regions. But the most important thing is that Solzhenitsyn’s voice is still being heard. His thoughts and ideas resonate in people’s minds and hearts.

    “Popularising his work, encouraging and introducing new young readers to it is the best thing we can and must do to honour his memory.” ~Vladimir Putin.
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