The Kremlin ideology chief indicated that glasnost does not extend to author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who was thrown out of the country after chronicling Soviet repressions in his Nobel Prize-winning work.
"I am against the publication of a number of works by Solzhenitsyn, and in the first place such works as `Lenin in Zurich' and the `Gulag Archipelago,' " Vadim A. Medvedev said Tuesday during a news conference. "To publish Solzhenitsyn's works would mean to, in effect, undermine the foundations on which today's life rests."Medvedev, the newest member of the ruling Politburo, is regarded as one of those closest to President Mikhail Gorbachev. Under Gorbachev's policy of glasnost, or greater openness, many prohibited works have been published.
Some writers, artists and activists in informal political groups have urged that Solzhenitsyn's works be published and that he be allowed to visit the Soviet Union. The author was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and lives in Cavendish, Vt.
Solzhenitsyn's novel "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" was published in 1962 during the thaw allowed by Nikita S. Khrushchev after the death of Stalin. But the remainder of his major works are still unpublished in his native land.