The Soviet Union’s Most Famous Jewish Dissident Discusses Alexei Navalny, Freedom, and Anti-Semitism

February 26, 2024 | Natan Sharansky
About the author: Natan Sharansky was a political prisoner in the Soviet Union and a minister in four Israeli governments. He is the author of Fear No Evil, The Case for Democracy, and Defending Identity.

In last Tuesday’s newsletter, we linked to Natan Sharansky’s moving correspondence with the Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, recently murdered in a Siberian “corrective colony.” Sharansky, a former refusenik whose experience in KGB prisons had much in common with Navalny’s imprisonment by the former KGB agent Vladimir Putin, discusses what motivates someone to risk his life for the cause of freedom, and what such acts can achieve, with Danielle Pletka and Marc Thiessen. He also addresses Israel’s relationship with Russia, the dangers of leftwing anti-Semitism, and much else. (Audio, one hour. A transcript is available at the link below.)

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