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Challenging the Silence

on BBC Radio 4 FM

New series 1/3. Martin Sixsmith examines the relationship between artists and the authorities in Soviet Russia. From the October Revolution of 1917 until after the death of Stalin in 1953, a poem, as Boris Pasternak observed, could "explode with the force of a bomb". Sixsmith reveals how writers and musicians who stayed in Russia, such as Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova , Osip Mandelstam and Dmitri Shostakovich , used their creative work to challenge the regime. Including contributions from Pasternak's son
Yevgeni and Shostakovich's widow Irina. Producer Alan Hall


Martin Sixsmith
Boris Pasternak
Anna Akhmatova
Dmitri Shostakovich
Alan Hall

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