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21 Jurimetrics J. 135 (1980-1981)
Monentary Enthusiasms Don't Help - Only Persistence Will Secure Human Rights Gains

handle is hein.journals/juraba21 and id is 153 raw text is: MOMENTARY ENTHUSIASMS DON'T
Pavel Litvinov*
I will start from the moment at which Professor Gerjuoy finished.
The question is whether no record will be left that we did something,
that we said something. I think it is one of the most important ques-
tions, because almost everything important in the world started from
the moment when it seems that there is no hope that something can
be achieved.
When the human rights movement in the Soviet Union started in
the years 1965-68, I was a witness and participant, and I remember
very well how it happened. Nobody believed that anything, even any
attention from the world would possibly result. Now we see that there
have been a lot of results. Since those times at least, no important
violation of the human rights of Soviet scientists has escaped the notice
of world public opinion.
Of course one can say, okay, nothing escapes, but still they arrest
people, they still put them in mental hospitals, and they still sentence
them to many years of labor camp. All of this is still true, but world-
*Pavel Litvinov is also a physicist. Until 1967, he was an assistant professor
in the Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology. In 1967-68 he participated
in the publication of the case of Alexander Ginzburg and Vladimir Bukofsky.
He lost his job and spent four months in prison in Moscow. He was sent to four
years of internal exile in Usugli Mines near Chita in eastern Siberia, after which
he returned to Moscow. Shortly thereafter, in December 1972, he was informed
that if he refused to leave the Soviet Union, he would receive a long prison sen-
tence. In December 1973 he was again advised to leave. He emigrated March 14,
1974 and came to the United States April 8, 1974. He is one of the editors of
the magazine Chronicle of Human Rights in the USSR, which is published by
the Khronika Press, and teaches physics and calculus at the Hackley School in
Tarrytown, New York. He is a member of the Board of Amnesty International
and lectures widely on human rights.


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