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NATO’s Actions Likened to Hitler’s

June 3, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said Wednesday that NATO’s bombardment of Yugoslavia was morally no different than Hitler’s actions.

``I don’t see any difference in the behavior of NATO and of Hitler,″ he was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

``NATO wants to erect its own order in the world, and it needs Yugoslavia simply as an example: `We’ll punish Yugoslavia, and the whole rest of the planet will tremble,‴ he told reporters.

Solzhenitsyn spoke after being presented with the Lomonosov gold medal for his contribution to literature and history at Russia’s Academy of Sciences. The academy had announced that it would give the medal to Solzhenitsyn in December, on the writer’s 80th birthday.

Solzhenitsyn was held in Soviet prison camps for eight years, and he turned his experiences into his life’s work: books including ``One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich″ and the three-volume ``Gulag Archipelago,″ which chronicled the atrocities in the Soviet Union’s prison camps.

He was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia only 20 years later.

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