"Radio Liberty", a radio station financed by the United States which beams broadcasts into the Soviet Union in Russian, has begun broadcasting Nobel-prize-winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn's new book "The Gulag Archipelago".
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Background: "Radio Liberty", a radio station financed by the United States which beams broadcasts into the Soviet Union in Russian, has begun broadcasting Nobel-prize-winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn's new book "The Gulag Archipelago".
The Munich-based radio station broadcast the first 30 minute instalment of the 606 page work on saturday evening (January 5). The daily readings will continue for more than six weeks.
The book draws on Solzhenitsyn's own experiences in prison and labour camps during the Stalinist era and the testimony of 227 other survivors.
The author recently authorised publication of "The Gulag Archipelago" in the West. Last week he was accused in the Soviet Union of "hate for the Soviet system, for everything Soviet, and therefore for the Soviet People." Most of his books, including "The First Circle" and "August 1914" are banned in the Soviet Union.
In the new book Solzhenitsyn describes how intellectuals and ordinary citizens alike were carried off by the secret police to labour camps. It covers events from 1918 to 1956 and also deals with such controversial issues of Soviet history as the show trials.
The Russian-language publishers in Paris describe it as historical, documentary and autobiographical.
Radio Liberty bought the broadcasting rights from the publisher and the full text will be broadcast in 17 other languages spoken in the Soviet Union.
Radio Liberty claimed last week that its broadcast to the Soviet Union were heavily jammed but that they did reach the bulk of the Soviet audience.
The radio station broadcasts on short wave from its main transmitter in Spain.