I won't attempt to jump on to any band-wagon discussing Solzhenitsyn. But I shouldn't let his passing go by without a word.
Solzhenitsyn was a great man. He was a great thinker and a great author. Perhaps he will even become a Saint in our Church.
Now only was he a great thinker and a great man, but he took risks and actually stood up for what he believed in. After being called a "traitor to Russia" by the Soviets he went back to Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union and kept up his work for positive change. That took a lot of guts. He could have just kept himself comfortable in some form of retirement like pretty much ALL of the other Soviet dissidents did.
Here's Solzhenitsyn with Fr. Schmeman at St. Vlad's:
There's some good articles on Solzhenitsyn right now at http://www.russiablog.org/