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Death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Published on August 4, 2008
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, August 4, 2008

Alexander Solzhenitsyn was one of the greatest consciences of twentieth-century Russia. Born a year after the Russian revolution, for many very long years of the Soviet terror, he embodied "dissidence".
Refusing to leave his country so as to denounce the State’s machinations more effectively, he risked his life by publishing first "Cancer Ward" and then "The Gulag Archipelago", both acts of resistance to the oppression. It was Alexander Solzhenitsyn who opened the world’s eyes to the reality of the Soviet system by giving global reach to his experience.

His strength of character, ideal and long and turbulent life give Alexander Solzhenitsyn an aura straight out of a novel, making him heir to Dostoyevsky. He is one of the great names of world literature. I pay tribute to his memory./.

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