New York Times

Dissident Acclaim Award

October 12, 1970
James F. Clarity

MOSCOW, October 11- 37 Soviet political dissident acclaimed today the award of the 1970 Nobel Prize for Literature to Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet author.

The dissidents’ statement circulated in typewritten copies here among liberal intellectuals and Western correspondents was the first concerted reply to the official criticism of the award to Mr. Solzhenitsyn last Thursday. The secretariat of the writers union had called the away “deplorable” and said the prize committee has become involved in “an unseemly fame” that was “prompted by speculative political considerations.”

The dissident said, “We hall the Nobel committee for this decision. The civic inspiration philosophic depth and high artistic craftsmanship of the works of Solzhenitsyn are recognized by the whole world…[He is] a powerful contemporary writer, the humanitarianism of the positions he had adopted and which he consistently and courageously defends, all this fully deserves am award of such high distinction.”

“We are proud of our Literature, the statement added, “Which, no matter what the barriers, produces such first-ranked masters. In addition, we are prepared for the awarding of the prize to become another of those regular occasions for continuing the badgering which constantly takes place here against him and which we consider a national shame.”

Among the signers of the statement were Pyotr I Yakir, a historian which father, an army general, was executed during the Stalinists purges of the late 1930s and Zinaida G. Grigorenko, the wife of former Maj. Gen. Pyotr Grigorenko, an outspoken political dissenter who had been declared insane and is confined in a mental institution.