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Dissident for Life: Alexander Ogorodnikov and the Struggle for Religious Freedom in Russia [Hardcover]

Koenraad De Wolf
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31 Mar 2013
From Communist youth to religious dissident, from the Gulag and back again, Koenraad De Wolf tells the story of longtime Russian dissident Alexander Ogorodnikov, whose courage touched people from every walk of life, including famous world leaders like Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher. In the 1970s Ogorodnikov performed a feat without precedent in the Soviet Union: he organised thousands of Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic Christians in a secret underground group called the Christian Seminar. When the KGB found out, he was sent to the Gulag, where he spent nine years, barely surviving the horrors he encountered there. After his release Ogorodnikov continued to fight for the freedom of religion which became a fact in 1990 and for a more humane society in the Soviet Union. He founded the first Christian Democratic party, the first non-government school, the first free soup kitchen for the homeless and the first private shelter for orphans, homeless girls and teenage mothers. Readers will be fascinated and inspired by De Wolf's authoritative account of Ogorodnikov's life and work.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; 1st Edition edition (31 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080286743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802867438
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 914,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story ought to be told to all generations. --Lord David Alton

About the Author

Koenraad De Wolf studied history and art history at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and has published several books and dozens of articles. Since 2000 he has also been working as a journalist with the Belgian weekly Tertio.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Faith 6 July 2013
By Shamaal
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An incredible account of a Russian who became a committed Christian. His faith stood him well whilst in Gulags and he did much for poor Russians who live in conditions we cannot comprehend. A good read although a bit too long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 Aug 2014
By Chris W
incredible book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A struggle for freedom . 23 Aug 2013
By Sonja Voss - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the book I've wanted for many years and now it has been written. I am not yet finished reading it but will make it last as long as possible. I have read many Russian authors , both fiction and fact and I feel drawn to the people and their suffering. The horror of those who caused this needs to be known by all who love freedom and have a place in their heart for these unique people.

Thank you Mr. Ogorodnikov !
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