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Author Voren, Robert van.

Title On Dissidents and Madness : From The Soviet Union of Leonid Brezhnev to the "Soviet Union" of Vladimir Putin
Published Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (311 pages)
Series On the Boundary of Two Worlds: Identity, Freedom, and Moral Imagination in the Baltics, 17
On the Boundary of Two Worlds: Identity ; Freedom, and Moral Imagination in the Baltics, 17
Contents Contents; Foreword; Introduction; Chapter 1 The Soviet Union on my mind; Chapter 2 The Soviet Union in 1980; Chapter 3 The world of couriers; Chapter 4 Campaigning for dissidents; Chapter 5 Demonstrating in Poland; Chapter 6 Playing "musical chairs" with the Wpa; Chapter 7 The Soviet Union in 1985; Chapter 8 Sleeping behind my desk; Chapter 9 Intermission, and back to work; Chapter 10 The gorillas of Sakharov; Chapter 11 The mouse and the elephant; Chapter 12 Playing chess in Athens; Chapter 13 The Soviet Union in 1990; Chapter 14 The doors are opened; Chapter 15 Ukraine on the map
Chapter 16 The Romanian MarshChapter 17 Change of course in Bratislava; Chapter 18 From Black and White to Shades of Grey; Chapter 19 From humanitarian aid to structural aid; Chapter 20 Romance with the Wpa; Chapter 21 New style abuse; Chapter 22 A successful failure; Chapter 23 Renewed struggle with the Wpa; Chapter 24 Into prison; Chapter 25 Becoming Lithuanian; Chapter 26 Reforming against the wind; Chapter 27 Looking back; Epilogue; Historical data; Index of Names
Summary The book contains the memoirs of Robert van Voren covering the period 1977-2008 and provides unique insights into the dissident movement in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, both inside the country and abroad. As a result of his close friendship with many of the leading dissidents and his dozens of trips to the USSR as a courier, he had intimate knowledge of the ins and outs of the dissident movement and participated in many of the campaigns to obtain the release of Soviet political prisoners. In the late 1980s he became involved in building a humane and ethical practice of psychiatry in Eastern
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Online (ebrary)
Extended version of the Dutch edition Levenslang; tussen dissindenten en waanzin, translated [into English] by Ellen Mercer
Subject Voren, Robert van.
Dissenters -- Soviet Union -- History.
USSR -- History -- 1953-1985.
Form Electronic book
Author ebrary, Inc.
ISBN 9789042028821