Bukovksy's 1995 book, Judgment in Moscow, detailed Soviet meddling in Western politics in the 60's, 70's and 80's, as documented in Soviet archives to which Bukovsky was given access by post-Communist Russia's President Yeltsin -- unaware that the novel new gadget attached to Bukovsky's laptop was a handheld scanner.
Communist Party records documented decades of secret deals and projects to influence or encourage political dissent in the United States and UK, by manipulating media and backing phony grassroots movements.
Bukovsky's thesis is in the title: Just as the Nuremberg trials declared Nazism and associated actions crimes against humanity, so should the world have put Communism on trial after the fall of the Soviet Union. The goal: Not revenge, but a declaration that the world would consider a resurgence of the USSR's form of totalitarian government intolerable and criminal, and would not allow it to rise again.
Nor would the Soviet regime's members, such as former KGB spy Vladimir Putin, be allowed to hold positions of power in Russia's new democracy.
Veteran journalist David Satter agrees in a new afterword to the book: "The entire 27 year history of post-Soviet Russia is a tribute to the failure to eradicate the influence of communism."
Judgment has never been published in English, after Bukovsky refused to rewrite parts of the book which accused prominent Westerners of behind-the-scenes dealings with the Soviets. In this edition, the author quotes correspondence with a New York publisher who says, "I don't disagree, but I simply can't publish a book that accuses Americans like Cyrus Vance and Francis Ford Coppola of unpatriotic -- or even treacherous -- behavior."
Judgment in Moscow will be available in English, in print and for Kindle, in May 2019. The edition, published by Ninth of November press, will include hundreds of footnotes with source references to the Communist Party documents, newspaper and book archives, and historical context notes for contemporary readers, plus an introduction by former Economist editor Edward Lucas and an afterword by longtime Russia journalist David Satter.
Published by Ninth of November Press.