Magazine June 03, 2019, Issue

Bukovsky’s Judgment

Vladimir Bukovsky in 2007 (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

Cambridge, England — All Soviet dissidents are legendary, to one degree or another. Vladimir Bukovsky is especially so. He is held in awe by people whom the rest of us hold in awe. I’m speaking of his fellow dissidents. He is a dissident’s dissident, so to speak.

A book of his, which originally appeared in 1995, is now being published in English for the first time. On his back patio, amid chirping birds, I talk with him about this and many other subjects.

Bukovsky was born in 1942 and quickly opposed the system: the system into which he had been born. He was

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