Natan Sharansky

They are the forgotten heroes of global Jewry. It is our duty to remember them

By Colin Shindler, April 30, 2015

Last week saw the passing of two former Soviet Jewish refuseniks, Vladimir Slepak and Vladimir Prestin, who were not permitted to leave the USSR for almost 20 years. It was only when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 that the gates were finally opened for a small group of long-term Moscow activists.


Natan Sharansky Exclusive: ‘European idea will die here and survive in Israel’

By Natan Sharansky, July 24, 2014

I believe we are seeing the beginning of the end of Jewish history in Europe.
What makes the situation in Europe unique in history is the fact that Europe has become very intolerant of identities in a multicultural and post-nationalist environment.


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.