Natan Sharansky is a prominent Israeli politician, human rights activist and author, who spent years in a Soviet prison for allegedly spying for the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Sharansky was denied an exit visa to Israel in 1973. The reason for the visa denial was that he had access, at some point in his career, to information vital to the national security of the Soviet and now could not be allowed to leave. After that, Sharansky became a human rights activist and a representative of the Moscow Helsinki Group. Sharansky was one of the founders of the movement of conscientious objectors in Moscow.
In 1977, Sharansky was arrested on charges of spying for the DIA and treason and sentenced to 13 years hard labor in Perm 35, a Siberian labor camp (Gulag). Sharansky appeared in the March 1990 edition of the magazine National Geographic. In "The Last Days of the Gulag" Mike Edwards, profiles with photos and text of one of the few remaining in the Soviet prison labor camp (known as the Gulag.) The article shows photos of Sharansky and his wife Avital at their home in Israel view the photos of the same gulag where Sharansky was imprisoned, but, as it turned out in 1990.
Sharansky said in the article that after viewing images of faces prisoner he could discern that the minutes of oppression was still at work. In addition, the author has shown the photo Sharansky cold isolation cell where he Sharansky was limited. Sharansky noted with irony that conditions have improved slightly - Stark cells now showed a thin bench bolted to the middle of the floor. He said that if this bench there when he was there, he could use it to sleep, though unpleasant.