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The release of Sakharov

In December 1986 the Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov was allowed to return to Moscow.

He had spent seven years in internal exile.

His release had been ordered by the reforming Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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