Alexander Solzhenitsyn has died age 89. The writer spent time in Stalin’s gulag and in exile in Kazakhstan. His experiences informed novels such as ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ and the epic ‘Gulag Archipelago’. Solzhenitsyn’s work and his stance against censorship saw him expelled from Russia in the 1970s. He remained a critic of the Soviet regime whilst simultaneously rejecting the western model of democracy.