2004: Reaganites in Soviet gulags
June 8, 2004: While the certainty with which Ronald Reagan distilled the complexities of the Cold War down to a matter of good versus evil embarrassed and infuriated U.S. liberals, the former president had one group of fans in the evil empire who were "ecstatic" over his willingness to tell the truth – Russian dissidents locked away in the USSR's gulags.
Natan Sharansky, once a Jewish Russian prisoner and later an Israeli cabinet member, recalled the thrill of reading in his prison cell Reagan's 1983 "evil empire" speech.
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"We dissidents were ecstatic," he said. "Finally, the leader of the free world had spoken the truth – a truth that burned inside the heart of each and every one of us."
"Reagan may have confused names and dates, but his moral compass was always good," Sharansky said.
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