Tracing his transformation from Communist to dissident, Yarim-Agaev stresses communism's inherently evil nature and hostility to the West, asserting that "the cold war was inevitable." He also rejects the notion that the Soviet Union crumbled under its own weight and gives little credit to Gorbachev: "Those reforms made by Gorbachev were not caused by his love of freedom or any human right but by sheer necessity to save the communist system." The Soviet Union fell, he avers, because it was pushed by Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II.
Yuri Yarim-Agaev was already a distinguished physicist when, in the 1970s, he joined the Moscow Helsinki Group, the dissident organization set up to monitor Soviet compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords. Fellow members of the organization included physicist Yuri Orlov and Yelena Bonner, wife of Andrei Sakharov. Yarim-Agaev, now a financial analyst in New York, devotes much of his time to ensuring that the evils of Soviet communism are never forgotten.
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge."
Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.
Yuri Yarim-Agaev is a distinguished visiting fellow, Hoover Institution; former Soviet dissident and member, Moscow Helsinki Group; founder and chairman of the Center for Democracy in the USSR, New York (1985-91)