Two young Italians arrived back in Italy by air yesterday (Saturday February 14th) after being released by Soviet authorities.
Two young Italians arrived back in Italy by air yesterday (Saturday February 14th) after being released by Soviet authorities. They had been sentenced to a year in a labour camp after protesting in Moscow against the detention of Soviet intellectuals.
Last week a Moscow court sentenced them for what is called 'malicious hooliganism'.
The two Italians, Terese Marinuzzi, aged 22, and Valtenio Tacchi, 23, had handcuffed themselves to railings in a Moscow store and scattered leaflets calling for the release of intellectuals.
The Soviet Ambassador to Italy told the Italian premier-designate, Signor Rumor, that the Soviet Parliament had decreed the release of the two people to facilitate good relations between the two counties.
There was no immediate news of a Belgian and a Norwegian who were also sentenced after a similar demonstration.