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    The leader of the Communist Party in Chile, Mr. Luis Corvalan, made his first public?

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    The leader of the Communist Party in Chile, Mr. Luis Corvalan, made his first public appearance in Moscow on Thursday (23 December) after being freed in exchange for Soviet dissident, Vladimir Bukovsky.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Corvalan was welcomed by a crowd of about 500 people when he arrived at Moscow's Vnukovo V.I.P. airport. He was released from prison in Chile last week. Among the Soviet delegation who greeted him were Mr. Andrei Kirilenko, a senior member of the country's ruling Politburo, and Soviet Communist Party Secretary, Mr. Ponomaryov. In a brief statement after his arrival, Mr. Corvalan pledged that he would work from exile for the restoration of freedom and democracy in his country, and thanked Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev for his work in freeing him.

    From the airport, Mr. Corvalan drove to the Kremlin where he met Mr. Brezhnev. He did not refer to the prisoner exchange in Switzerland with Vladimir Bukovsky, but said his release was due to "international solidarity". Mr. Corvalan, who is 60, has spent three years in prison camps and jails in Chile. About 100 Chilean students also welcomed Mr. Corvalan. Among them were exiled Chilean communist leaders Volodia Toitelboim, and former Senator, and Gladys Marin, head of the Chilean Communist Youth League.

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