There are people whose destiny it is to go far beyond the limits of their biography or background. They generalize many people's experiences and become symbols. The name of General Grigorenko has been such a symbol for five years. The same is true of the mathematician Leonid Plyushch.' These words, written by the Soviet scholar Igor Shafarevich, are likely to echo and re-echo in the mind as the reader absorbs this book. For Leonid Plyushch has become a symbol of the resistance to a crime, and the pages that follow present poignant and irrefutable evidence of that crime.
Introduction by Peter Reddaway -- Editor's Introduction by Tatyana Khodorovich -- PART I: LETTERS -- To the Editors of Komsomolskaya Pravda, March 1968 -- To his Family and Friends -- PART II: DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT -- 1. The Diagnosis: Medical and Legal Aspects -- 2. 'Therapeutic Institutions of Special Type' -- 3. 'Here it's terrible, here it's so terrible' -- 4. Ward No. 9 -- PART III -- 1. Leonid Plyushch through the eyes of his friends -- 2. 'They threatened that anyone who dared to reveal the truth to the people would receive a terrible punishment' -- 3. The case of Leonid Plyushch as recorded in the Chronicle of Current Events -- 4. Essay: 'Moral Orientations' by Leonid Plyushch -- 5. Preliminary Declaration by Leonid Plyushch at the Press Conference held in Paris, 3 February 1976.