Heroes and antiheroes of August 1968
YA. A. Samodelkin, kandidat istoricheskih nauk, dotsent Uralskogo gosudarstvennogo agrarnogo universitetaIn the article indicates two opinions of the participants of the events of August 1968.
The first position belongs to N. Gorbanevskaya. She considered that it’s necessary to use the tools of civil disobedience in struggle for human rights and dignity. In the group of the youngsters she came to the Red Square in Moscow to articulate their protest against Soviet army intervention to Czechoslovakia. Dissident movement which started with the demonstration on Pushkin square in Moscow 5.12.1965 lead to the process of «perestroika», the democratization in the USSR. The huge meaning gained the events of 25 August 1968. There is right correlation between the dissident movement and the democracy in the modern Russia. Heroes are people who take part in the actions of civil disobedience in sake of the human rights.
Another position belongs to A. Levantovich. He was the participant of the intervention to Czechoslovakia. He thinks that the human rights need to be limited or prohibited in sake of the state, motherland. Heroes are people who died for the motherland.
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