Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2014

In Osteuropa 11-12/2014

From All Sides
The Admonisher and Humanist Andrei Sakharov

Michael Hänel

Deutsche Fassung


Twenty five years after his death, everything seems to have been said about Andrei Sakharov. For some, he is a saint, for others, a traitor, and for many, a troublemaker. In the West, he was suspect to both the anti-nuclear movement and those who were sceptical of progress. For authoritarian and orthodox communists of all stripes, he was a dangerous free spirit. Astonishingly, his life’s work to this day awaits critical historical analysis. In his personal freedom and responsibility, Sakharov is exemplary. Human rights are still being violated on a daily basis. Sakharov has lost none of his relevance.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2014, pp. 153–164)