Martyn Bedford

Following Fyodor

Summer in Baden-Baden

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The death of a Russian medical researcher in 1982 went unnoticed by the wider world. Leonid Tsypkin had published papers in scientific journals in the USSR and abroad, before being demoted from his job at a prestigious scientific institute in Moscow when his son emigrated to America and then dismissed when the last of his own applications for an exit visa was rejected. He was sacked on March 15. Within five days, aged fifty-six, he suffered a fatal heart attack at his home – just another dead Jewish refusenik, soon to be forgotten by all but family and friends. Except that, on March 13, the first instalment of a novel Tsypkin had smuggled to the USA was printed in a New York magazine for Russian émigrés.

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