Natan Sharansky

Natan Sharansky — competitive, defiant and nobody’s pawn

By David Edmonds, January 12, 2014

‘Don’t disturb me, I’m playing chess”.

Natan Sharansky’s jailers took that as powerful evidence that he was going — or had already become — quite mad. After all, in his punishment cell there was no bed, chair or table, let alone a chess board and pieces. In fact, it was chess that kept him sane.


When Mandela met Sharansky

By Tom Tugend, December 6, 2013

It was on June 29, 1990 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles that the two former political prisoners came face to face.