7 August 2000 MAKHACHKALA-Vazif Meilanov, a 60-year-old former professor at a Dagestani technical university, was a dissident. Twenty years ago, on 25 January, Meilanov appeared on Makhachkala’s central square carrying a poster calling for the release of nuclear physicist Andrei Sakharov, whose case became a rallying symbol for Russian dissidents. Protesting in Moscow was one […]

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