Overlooking Bonner's other legacy

Yelena Bonner, who died at age 88, and her late husband, Nobel Peace laureate Andrei Sakharov, were the leaders of a small band of heroic Russian dissidents who risked life, limb and social status in their unrelenting fight against the Soviet regime in the 1970s and 1980s.  They were exiled to Gorky, 250 miles from Moscow, but even then continued their campaign against Soviet repression.  In the eyes of sympathizers around the world, Bonner was the real face of the dissident movement. Bonner and Sakharov were equally outspoken in their denunciation of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and elsewhere.  And they made no bones about the fact that anti-Semitism and attacks to defame and delegitimize Israel were closely linked. In its June 20 edition, the Washington Post runs an extensive obit of Bonner by Kevin Klose and Emma Brown that woefully shortchanges her biography  ("Yelena G. Bonner, 88 -- Activist, Sakharov's widow was lifelong critic of Russia"...(Read Full Post)

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