Moscow 1968 protester Pavel Litvinov: We didn’t hope to achieve anything – we just felt we have to speak

On August 25, 1968 eight brave souls held a public protest on Moscow’s
Red Square against the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. They all paid
dearly for that act of fearlessness and defiance, receiving punishments
including jail terms, internal exile and forced psychiatric treatment. The
organiser of the demonstration was Pavel Litvinov, whose grandfather Maxim
Litvinov had been Stalin’s foreign minister in the 1930s. This week Mr.
Litvinov, now resident in the US, was in Prague for events marking the 50th
anniversary of the invasion. When we spoke, I first asked him what had led
him to abandon his Communist elite background and become a dissident.

Published: 
Friday, August 24, 2018