A small circulation Soviet magazine has printed an essay Alexander Solzhenitsyn penned shortly before he was forced into exile in which he appeals to his countrymen to cast off officiallysanctioned lies.

The magazine also carried a commentary crediting the Nobel laureate for helping prepare the way for President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's reforms.The publication represents another step in the gradual rehabilitation of an author whose major works remain banned in his homeland.

However, the magazine did not publish Solzhenitsyn's most trenchant criticisms of Soviet politics, including his charge that repression has been a key element of Kremlin policy since the days of Vladimir I. Lenin.

Moreover, the essay was printed in a magazine destined in part for foreign markets with a small domestic circulation.