Soviet Nobel Stories Offer Hope to China’s Liu

From The Moscow Times:

“A vile slanderer seeking to earn filthy capitalist lucre by besmirching the homeland that nurtured him.”

The China People’s Daily, perhaps, on Friday’s ceremony for jailed Chinese dissident ?

No. Moscow’s Sovietskaya Rossia in 1970 on writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn who won the Nobel Literature Prize that year for works deemed anti-Soviet by the Kremlin.

“A hermit isolated from the people, wallowing in his own moral degradation.”

That was the official Soviet Writers’ Union in 1958 on Boris Pasternak, a poet and novelist who had just won the Nobel prize for his saga of the Revolution, “Doctor Zhivago.”

“A self-important nonentity whose scribblings and pronouncements on political matters show nothing but a wish to please his masters in the West.”

These were Moscow Radio’s comments at the time on previously honored physicist-turned-human rights campaigner Andrei Sakharov who in 1975 was named — like Liu this year — Nobel peace laureate.



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