Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lev Kopelev

Lev Zalmanovich Kopelev (1912 –1997) was a Soviet author and a dissident.
Kopelev was born in Kiev, Ukraine, to a middle-class Jewish family.
An idealist Communist and active Bolshevik, he was first arrested in March 1929 for "consorting with the Bukharinist and Trotskyist opposition," and spent ten days in prison.

From 1968 onward Kopelev actively participated in the human rights and dissident movement. In 1968 he was fired from his job and expelled from the CPSU and the Writers' Union for signing protest letters against the persecution of dissidents, publicly supporting Andrei Sinyavsky and Yuli Daniel and actively denouncing the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. He also protested Solzhenitsyn's expulsion from the Writers' Union and wrote in defense of dissenting General Pyotr Grigorenko.

Lev Kopelev died in 1997 in Cologne, Germany.

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