The latest issue of Commentary magazine features a 1978 essay from Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn describing his first days living west of the Iron Curtain. Among the interesting asides:

But I could not come to any decision. In the meantime I was flooded with requests, invitations, proposals. I had not been there an hour when Senator Helms called from America, the interpreter on the phone inviting me to come right away to the United States, where I was being eagerly awaited.

The reference to North Carolina’s Sen. Jesse Helms reminded this reader of a 2010 presentation to the John Locke Foundation. Stella Snyder documented Helms’ partnership with the famous Russian.