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Gorbachev honours Solzhenitsyn’s ‘unique destiny’

MOSCOW: The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev paid tribute yesterday to the “unique destiny” of late Russian writer and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Interfax news agency reported.

Solzhenitsyn, a chronicler of the Soviet gulag prison camps who died late Sunday aged 89, “was a person with a unique destiny whose name will remain in Russian history,” Gorbachev was quoted as saying.

“Like millions of citizens, Solzhenitsyn lived through tough times. He was one of the first to talk about the inhumane Stalinist regime and about the people who experienced it but were not broken,” Gorbachev said.

Solzhenitsyn’s role in undermining Joseph Stalin’s totalitarian regime “cannot be underestimated,” Gorbachev said. His works “changed the consciousness of millions of people,” he added.

“Until the end of his days he fought for Russia not only to move away from its totalitarian past but also to have a worthy future, to become a truly free and democratic country. We owe him a lot,” he said.

AFP

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