In the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Russian novelist and historian Alexander Solzhenitsyn was imprisoned from 1945 to 1953.
After intense international pressure, he was released and traveled to Washington, D.C., where he stated on June 30, 1975:
“At the height of Stalin’s terror in 1937-38 … there were more than 40,000 persons shot per month!
It is precisely because I am a friend of the United States that I have come to tell you …
Over there people are groaning and dying and in psychiatric hospitals. Doctors are making their evening rounds, for the third time, injecting people with drugs which destroy their brain cells.
I would like to call upon America to be more careful with it’s trust, and prevent those using the struggle for social justice to lead you down a false road.
They are trying to weaken you; they are trying to disarm your strong and magnificent country in the face of this fearful threat….one that has never been seen before in the history of the world.
I call upon ordinary working men of America … do not let yourselves become weak.”