Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Did the Communists starve the author of Dr Zhivago?

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted

1960 Boris Pasternak (b. 1890), Russian winner of the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature, died.

Did the Communists starve the Nobel-laureate author of 'Dr Zhivago'?

Boris Pasternak, in the years leading up to his death on May 30, 1968, suffered appalling persecution by his own government. He had won the Nobel Prize, but, like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov after him, was not permitted to leave the USSR to attend the awards ceremony and expect to return. He was even expelled from the union of Soviet writers.

Evidence that the Communist regime of the Soviet Union might have wilfully starved Boris Pasternak to death emerged in a book, 'Moscow: Under the Skin', written by an Italian journalist, Viro Roberti ...

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