The dissident movement of the '60s, of which I can consider myself to be part, once attracted wide attention among the Soviet intelligentsia and even more from abroad. But today, many of the episodes from that difficult struggle for human rights have been forgotten. Many of the names that were well known in the '60s and '70s far beyond the Soviet Union's borders say nothing to Russia's new generation of political analysts, journalists and social activists. Indeed, from among the former dissidents there emerged excellent writers and activists, but not their own Vaclav Havel. There can be no doubt of the influence dissidents had on the politicians who introduced perestroika and further reforms -- from former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev to former prime minister Yegor Gaidar. (They themselves have acknowledged this.) The perestroika process and dramatic changes between 1991 and 1992, however, owed more to economic, social and political factors than to nonconformist ideas of the '60s and '70s.