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Mikhail Semenovich Bernshtam

historian , author

Mikhail Bernshtam, USSR Author, historian.

Background

Bernshtam, Mikhail was born in 1940.

Education

Graduated in history from Leningrad University.

Career

Became involved in the human rights movement. Arrested, 1973. Inmate in a mental hospital in Rostov-on-Don, released 1974. Works circulated in samizdat.

Emigrated, 1976, settled in the USA. Edited valuable material in a collection by Solzhenitsyn, INRI, on 20th century Russian history: Narodnoe Soprotivlenie Kommunizmu v Rossii: Nezavisimoe Rabochee Dvizhenie v 1918 Godu: Dokumenty i Materialy, Paris, 1981.

Religion

Every religion forces people to rely on outside authority, thus depriving them to become self-sufficient.

Views

Individuals have rights to express freedom if it safeguarde the interests of a collective.