In the run up to the Blogblast for Peace, I'll do some short pieces on the men and women who have won the Nobel peace prize. Today's is the winner in 1975 - Andrei Dmitriyevich Sakharov.
In 1975, he was the first Soviet to win the Nobel Peace Prize. After he denounced the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Soviet authorities were quick to respond, exiling him to Gorky. In December 1986, Sakharov's exile ended when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev invited him to return to Moscow. He was subsequently elected to the Congress of People's Deputies as a democratic reformer. Sakharov died in 1989.