• Short Summary

    Soviet dissident Leonid Plyushch arrived in Austria on Saturday (10 January) in an exhausted state after being released from a psychiatric hospital in the Soviet Union where he was detained for two-and-a-half years.

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    Soviet dissident Leonid Plyushch arrived in Austria on Saturday (10 January) in an exhausted state after being released from a psychiatric hospital in the Soviet Union where he was detained for two-and-a-half years.

    The 36-year-old Kiev mathematician startled 50-odd journalists and members of Amnesty International who met him on arrival at the Czechoslovakian-Austrian border with a report that 60 other "political patients" were held in the hospital where he was detained.

    Officials of Amnesty International said this figure if confirmed, would mean a "shattering" increase in their estimate of numbers of prisoners accused by Soviet authorities of mental disorders.

    Mr. Plyushch was freed from the hospital in the Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk, re-united with his wife and two teenage sons and allowed to travel by train across Czechoslovakia to the west.

    Three psychiatrists examined him in the Austrian capital, Vienna and reported no sign of psychological illness. His wife said the hospital treatment of her husband, originally charged with anti-state activities, was "an act of revenge".

    Members of a committee of mathematicians who campaigned for Mr. Plyushch's release said he and his family would probably leave for France on Sunday (11 January).

    Mrs. Tatyana Plyushch collected French entry visas for her family in Vienna on Saturday while her husband, exhausted by the long journey, rested. She said she planned to help her husband regain his health in France before making any decisions about their future.

    A French embassy spokesman in Vienna confirmed the Plyushch family had received entry visas but could not say whether the question of political asylum for Mr. Plyushch had been discussed.

    SYNOPSIS: Soviet dissident Leonid Plyushch arriving in the west on Saturday. Mr. Plyushch was greeted on arrival in Austria by about fifty journalists and members of Amnesty International, a world-wide organisation that campaigns for the release of political prisoners. The thirty-six-year-old mathematician from Kiev has just been released from a psychiatric hospital in the Soviet Union. He was detained in the hospital in the Ukraine for two-and-a-half years. He has since been reunited with his wife and two teenage sons who accompanied him to Austria. Mr. Plyushch said that there are another sixty people labelled as political prisoners in the hospital where he was detained. Officials of Amnesty International said this figure, if confirmed, would mean a huge increase in their estimate of numbers of prisoners accused by Soviet authorities of mental disorders.

    Psychiatrists who later examined Mr. Plyushch in Vienna said there was no sign of psychological illness. They said he was an exhausted man in a state of shock, struggling to adjust to a new environment after his ordeal of isolation.

    The Plyushch family were expected to leave for France on Sunday. Mr. Tatyana Plyushch collected French entry visas in Vienna while her husband rested after the long journey. She said she planned to help him regain his health in France before making any decisions about the future.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA42TDGEJMCPRKHF5OHZ9XMD5RS
    Media URN:
    VLVA42TDGEJMCPRKHF5OHZ9XMD5RS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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