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Russian writer Solzhenitsyn dies aged 89

Latest update : 2008-08-04

Former Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died of a stroke aged 89. Solzhenitsyn became a Nobel Laureate in 1970 for his harrowing accounts of Soviet labour camps and was expelled from the former Soviet Union in 1974.

Russian writer and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn died overnight Sunday to Monday, the Itar-Tass news agency said, citing his son Stepan. He was 89.
   
Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970 after writing harrowing works about the Soviet Union's system of labour camps. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974.
   
Since his return to Russia in 1994 he has been critical of the West and of Russia's post-Soviet evolution, calling for a return to traditional moral values.
   
 

Date created : 2008-08-03

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