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Datebook: December 19 – Gorbechev Releases Sakharov 25 Years Ago

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Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov earned renown as the designer of the Soviet Union’s Third Idea, a codename for Soviet development of thermonuclear weapons. He was also an advocate of civil liberties and civil reforms in the Soviet Union and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. Following public protests against the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, Sakharov was sent into internal exile in the city of Gorky. He and his wife were kept under tight surveillance and suffered notoriously poor treatment. On December 19, 1986, Mikhail Gorbechev, who had initiated perestroika and glasnost, formally released Sakharov. After his relese, he continued human rights campaigns until his death in 1989. The Sakharov Prize, which is awarded annually by the European Parliament for people and organizations dedicated to human rights and freedoms, is named in his honor.

It’s Monday, December 19

The American Red Cross has a Blood Drive at First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main St. in Murray this Thursday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Patti’s Settlement and downtown Grand Rivers boast a half million lights twinkling in trees nightly through the first week of January.

The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications until next March 15 from professional artists who want to be listed in the Performing Arts Directory, Architectural Artists Directory or Kentuck Crafted Program. See details at or call 502-564-8110.

Relax with a cup of hot chocolate and listen to the Dickens’ Carolers at the McCracken County Public Library on tomorrow from 1:00 – 3:00. Dressed for holiday party in the 1800’s, the group sings traditional carols and invites singing along. The library’s at 555 Washington Street in Paducah.

Enjoy A Café Jazz Christmas with Todd Hill with us tomorrow night at 9. See for details.


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