On Dissidents and Madness: From the Soviet Union of Leonid Brezhnev to the "Soviet Union" of Vladimir Putin

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Rodopi, 2009 - Всего страниц: 312
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The book contains the memoirs of Robert van Voren covering the period 1977-2008 and provides unique insights into the dissident movement in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, both inside the country and abroad. As a result of his close friendship with many of the leading dissidents and his dozens of trips to the USSR as a courier, he had intimate knowledge of the ins and outs of the dissident movement and participated in many of the campaigns to obtain the release of Soviet political prisoners. In the late 1980s he became involved in building a humane and ethical practice of psychiatry in Eastern Europe and the (ex-) USSR, based on respect for the human rights of persons with mental illness. The book describes the dissident movement and many of the people who formed it, mental health reformers in Eastern Europe and the response of the Western psychiatric community, the battle with the World Psychiatric Association over Soviet, and later, Chinese political abuse of psychiatry, his contacts with former KGB officers and problems with the KGB's successor organization, the FSB. It also vividly describes the emotional effects of serving as a courier for the dissident movement, the fear of arrest, the pain of seeing friends disappear for many years into camps and prisons, sometimes never to return.
  

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Introduction
1
The Soviet Union on my mind
5
Runup
6
The Soviet Union in 1980
11
Control on outside influences
12
Internal control
13
The world of couriers
17
Split life
20
From SBU to BVD
163
End to my diplomatic status
165
The Romanian Marsh
167
Convoys with humanitarian aid
168
Our chairman returns
169
Toy
174
Change of course in Bratislava
177
Stroganoff with peas
181

Smuggled goods
22
Big Brother is watching you
26
End of anonymity
29
Never alone again
34
The turn around
36
Campaigning for dissidents
41
Bukovsky Foundation
42
The struggle against the political abuse of psychiatry intensifies
44
Moscow as the center of my world
49
Demonstrating in Poland
55
Drive on to Berlin
57
Playing musical chairs with the WPA
61
World Congress in Vienna
63
The Soviet Union in 1985
69
A new wind blowing?
70
Sleeping behind my desk
73
Only the Soviet Union
78
The disappointment
86
Intermission and back to work
91
The Soviet Union calls
95
There they are
98
The gorillas of Sakharov
101
Old friends and acquaintances
104
Looking for traces of the terror
107
The mouse and the elephant
111
The philosophical approach of Gluzman
112
On our way to Athens
116
Traveling with Koryagin
119
Playing chess in Athens
123
The confrontation
127
Negotiations with Moscow and the climax
130
The Soviet Union in 1990
135
The Soviet Union on sale
136
The doors are opened
139
Ukraine as an alternative
141
A new wind and much of the same
145
From trucks to Fokkers
147
From Fokkers to Ilyushins
150
Ukraine on the map
157
The first projects
159
Where is Ukraine?
161
A pessimist becomes an optimist
183
From Black and White to Shades of Grey
187
Black and white
190
Sliding panels
192
Shades of Grey
198
From humanitarian aid to structural aid
201
On the road with a photo of Gluzman
203
We are going to print
206
Murder by blinys
208
Seminar in a swimming pool
210
Romance with the WPA
217
Putting Eastern Europe on the map
219
New style abuse
223
The woman with the golden hands
224
Counterfeit dollars
226
Electroshocks as a farewell present
227
Diagnosis for sale
230
A successful failure
231
The Big Three
232
From theory to practice
235
Renewed struggle with the WPA
239
Falun Gong
241
Old roles
244
Blue lights of Yokohama
248
A compromise seems possible
250
Into prison
255
The doors are opened
256
The new Russia
258
Temporary success
260
Soviet times return
261
Becoming Lithuanian
265
First encounters with Lithuania
266
Vilnius becomes home
268
Changing perceptions
270
New relationship
273
Reforming against the wind
275
Looking back
281
Epilogue
285
Historical data
289
Index of Names
293
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