Five Soviet dissidents have been released from Jail and flown to the United States in exchange for two Russians convicted of spying in the United States.
Five Soviet dissidents have been released from Jail and flown to the United States in exchange for two Russians convicted of spying in the United States. Most prominent among the five freed was 43-year-old Alexander Ginzburg, who led a group trying to monitor the Soviet Union's compliance with human rights agreements. Last year Ginzburg was sentenced to eight years jail after a widely-publicised trial. The five men were unaware that they were going to New York until a few hours before they were flown there on Saturday (28 April). At a news conference in New York shortly after their arrival, the dissidents spoke of their new-found freedom.
SYNOPSIS: The dissidents were introduced to newsmen. With Ginzburg were Valentin Moroz, Pastor Georgi Vins, Mark Dymshits and Edward Kuznetsov. Reuters news agency said they appeared in good physical condition, although life in the labour camps where they were held is harsh, and they had suffered severs psychological pressure. All except Ginzburg had been sentenced to ten to fifteen years or more of hard labour and exile. Moroz said that, three years ago, soldiers beat him up, but the others suffered no overt violence. Mr. Ginzburg was to appeal to newsmen to publicise the cases of his fellow prisoners of conscience still in the Soviet Union. Mr. Kuznetsov began a long and impassioned speech with thanks to the United States.