Dmitry Sergeyevich Likhachov
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He was born on the 28th of November, 1906, St.Petersburge. Likhachov graduated in 1928 from the Leningrad University
He was arrested for his speech deploring the Bolshevik reform of Russian orthography. Deported to the Solovki Special Purpos Camp, he spent 5 years studying the "criminal folklore" as he termed it.
In 1953, Likhachov was admitted into the Soviet Academy of Sciences as a Corresponding Member Likhachov returned to Leningrad unbroken, and started his spectacular scholarly career in the Pushkin House
He defended Andrei Sakharov, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and other dissidents during their persecution by Soviet authorities.
In his 80s and 90s, he became more of a public figure, serving as an informal advisor to St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak and President Boris Yeltsin.