Vladimir Bukovsky is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
Bukovsky is a former Soviet political dissident, author, and
activist. He spent a total of twelve years in Soviet prisons, labor
camps, and forced-treatment psychiatric hospitals. Bukovsky is the
author and editor of various books describing his experience. He
managed to smuggle out of the archives a series of documents
including KGB reports to the Central Committee, which were later
published electronically under the name Soviet Archives.
The collection of documents was later massively quoted in
Bukovsky’s Judgement in Moscow (1994) based on his
experience in 1992 with what he had hoped would be a
Nuremberg-style trial for the CPSU before the Constitutional Court
of Russia. He is also the author of Soul of Man Under
Socialism (1979), To Build a Castle: My Life as a
Dissenter (1979), and Soviet Hypocrisy and Western
Gullibility (1987). Settled in Cambridge, England, since 1976,
he has in recent years repeatedly called for Russian liberals to
stand up to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s unconstitutional
behavior. In 2004 he was one of the founders of the Committee 2008
whose purpose is to ensure free and fair elections in Russia.