Having moved to the US in 1974, Alexander Yanov published The Russian New Right: Right-Wing Ideologies in the Contemporary USSR in 1978. John C. Campbell summarized it in Foreign Policy:

Yanov, one of the most perceptive and stimulating Russian political writers now resident in the West, here describes and documents the current of neonationalism present in Russia among non-Marxist dissidents and also in some tendencies of the regime.

Stephen Cohen reviewed it in the New York Times. John Dunlop published a not so favorable review in Soviet Studies. Olga Carlisle quoted Yanov in her 1979 NYT essay on the strains of Russian nationalism in the Soviet dissident movement.

Yanov focused on the evolution of ideas within the Soviet dissident milieu. Left or right, secular or religious, Soviet dissenters always were either on the brink of arrest and imprisonment or behind bars. The most prominent, perhaps, of the “nationalist” or “Slavophile” dissenters, Vladimir Osipov, spent fifteen years in prisons and camps – in the relatively liberal post-Stalinist period (1961-68 and 1974-82).

To qualify as a hero, one should take serious downside risks and/or incur great opportunity costs. A committed human rights worker can easily qualify, although I wouldn’t call her cause Resistance. A double-Pulitzer NYT columnist? Come on!

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