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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dissident Returns

MOSCOW -- A prominent Soviet dissident writer, Alexander Zinoviyev, returned to Russia on Wednesday to start a new life in the country he was forced to leave 21 years ago, Russian media said.

"I am back for good," Ria Novosti news agency quoted the 76-year-old writer as saying upon his arrival in Moscow. "It is in Russia that the front-line struggle for the fate of humanity is taking place."

Zinoviyev, author of satirical novels such as "Yawning Heights," lost his Soviet citizenship in 1978 after writing a book critical of Communist leader Leonid Brezhnev.

His citizenship was restored in 1990, although he continued to reside in Munich, Germany. He visited post-Communist Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.