RIP: Vladimir Bukovsky, the Defiant

One of the first things famous Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky (1942–2019) told me about himself was that his roots were Polish.  After the crushing of the KoĹ›ciuszko Insurrection of 1794, his ancestor, Pan Bukowski, was taken prisoner by the Muscovites and shipped off to Siberia.  This was a harsh introduction to Russian living for the family.  Vladimir would continue into the footsteps of his forefathers. Vladimir was born in the matrix of the Soviet Union, but as a teenager, he self-liberated.  At 14, he heard about communist leader Nikita Khrushchev's secret speech blaming Stalin for slaughtering millions.  Soon after, he rooted for the Hungarian freedom fighters in 1956.  He started asking questions.  He challenged the system.  Upon his first arrest in 1959, the youngster refused to become a snitch for the Soviet secret police.  And the KGB judged him, partly with rigid...(Read Full Article)
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