The dissident Soviet Scientist, Pavel Litvinov, expelled from the Soviet Union five days ago, arrived in Italy on Thursday (21st March) for a brief holiday.
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Background: The dissident Soviet Scientist, Pavel Litvinov, expelled from the Soviet Union five days ago, arrived in Italy on Thursday (21st March) for a brief holiday.
Litvinov, a grandson of Stalin's Foreign Minister, was accompanied by his wife Maya and their two children. He told newsmen he will go to Holland and then to the United States to teach at a university.
On Friday (22nd March) Litvinov gave a press conference in Rome during which he appealed to Western journalists to write more about dissidents. They had survived in the Soviet Union, he said, because of the Western Press. He also appealed to the journalists to remember "we suffer for ideals we share with you -- ideals of freedom and civil rights."
Litvinov told the newsmen the Soviet authorities had given him the choice of leaving or spending a long period in a concentration camp. In the Soviet Union, he said, free expression was paid for by confinement in prison, concentration camps or psychiatric hospitals. Now the authorities had discovered what he called a more humane method of getting rid of troublesome thinkers - deportation.
Litvinov returned to Moscow from four years in a Siberian labour camp in 1972. He had been sentenced then for protesting in Red Square against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.