Breaking the silence that marked his 16-year exile, the voice of Alexander Solzhenitsyn has again been heard in the Soviet Union. Initially at the urging of the editors of "Komsomolskaya Pravda", the newspaper of the Communist Youth League, he has written a bitter indictment of recent Soviet history, including the much-heralded reforms of Mikhail Gorbachev. At the centre of his attack is an urgent call for the disbanding of the monolithic Soviet Union and the resurrection of a nation comprising the three Slavic republics of Russia, the Ukraine, and Byelorussia, and parts of Kazakhstan. Deeply troubled by what he sees as the sapping of Slavic cultural and spiritual vigour under the stultifying influence of colonial empire, he nevertheless derides the violence that has accompanied the struggle for ethnic independence. Solzhenitsyn is outspoken as he condemns the moral and economic impoverishment of the Soviet Union, dismisses the "troubadours" of reform and scorns the KGB's protestations of greater leniency.
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Solzhenitsyn's outspoken anticommunist manifesto is a historic document. This prescient essay, written in 1990, urges Russia to divest itself of the non-Slav republics. The new "Rus" would consist of the Russian Federated Republic, the Ukraine, Belorussia and perhaps Kazakhstan. Solzhenitsyn ( The Gulag Archipelago ), who recently was declared innocent of treason and has plans to return to his home country after 18 years of exile, criticizes Gorbachev's tepid pre-coup reforms, calls for the dismantling of the KGB and says the government should encourage private enterprise, with legal limits placed on the concentration of capital. He envisages a decentralized economy clustered around 40 cities with local self-government, and "built from the bottom up." Open presidential elections would be held every five or seven years. Railing against the "self-indulgent, squalid" popular culture imported from the West, Solzhenitsyn aims for "the spiritual and physical salvation of our people."
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