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Odysseus
06-22-2011, 12:16 PM
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Russia's Yelena Bonner (REUTERS)

Last Updated: 12:14 AM, June 21, 2011
Posted: June 21, 2011

Yelena Bonner was known primarily as the widow of Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet nuclear physicist and human-rights activist.

But that does a profound disservice to a woman who was herself a leading force among the dissidents who helped bring down the Evil Empire.

Bonner, who died Saturday in Boston at 88, had a profound personal understanding of the nature of Soviet communism. Her father founded the Armenian Communist Party -- but perished, along with his wife, in Stalin's gulag.

In the '60s, caught up in the first stirrings of the dissident movement, she quit her medical practice to work full-time organizing against the government.

Bonner and Sakharov, who died in 1989, served as a clearing house and nerve center for the dissident movement, attracting international journalistic attention -- and non-stop persecution from the Kremlin, culminating in their banishment to the remote city of Gorky.

The Sakharovs were returned to Moscow by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1986, though Bonner remained a strong critic of his policies and unconvinced that he was a true reformer. Following her husband's death, she took up his cudgel, denouncing the war in Chechnya and the rebirth of authoritarian rule under Vladimir Putin.

Like her husband, Yelena Bonner refused to be cowed into silence. Her life stands as a testament to the courage of those who would not give in to totalitarianism -- and whose determined struggle ultimately ended in triumph. RIP.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/yelena_bonner_F3Q2buLKu6Ezgag1syCglK#ixzz1Q1PXFQJT

NJCardFan
06-22-2011, 12:52 PM
In other words, this is a woman who would be vilified by the left.

Odysseus
06-22-2011, 01:13 PM
In other words, this is a woman who would be vilified by the left.

She was. Routinely. The Soviets used to attack her in all manner of ways, and their lackeys in the western media used to parrot the attacks.

txradioguy
06-22-2011, 01:24 PM
She was. Routinely. The Soviets used to attack her in all manner of ways, and their lackeys in the western media used to parrot the attacks.

I expect the Socialist lapdogs on this forum to be along shortly to spit on her grave.