The author surveys the political
trajectory of A.I. Solshenitsyn. The author sees the well known novelist as the only
person in post-1945 Russia possessing sufficient symbolic resources to position himself
in the traditionally Russian role of an intellectual exercising " dominant influence"
upon the social and political struggles. Configurations of the political field in
the 1960-70th are described in connection with the communicative strategies of Solzhenitsyn
himself. Analyzed are further the reasons for his waning influences in the postcommunist
Russia and for his inability to position as the leader of the "Russian party".