The stepdaughter of dissident Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov had a 45-minute meeting with French President Francois Mitterrand on May 24.
1. GV Tatiana Yankelevich arriving at Elysee Palace and up steps. 0.10
2. SV Reporters on steps of Palace. 0.14
3. SV Yankelevich out of Palace and talking to reporters. 0.23
4. GV Reporters surrounding Yankelevich. 0.27
5. SCU Yankelevich answering questions from reporters. (SOT) 1.35
TRANSCRIPT: YANKELEVICH: (SEQ 5) "All the people of the free...of Western countries will be able to convince the Soviet authorities that the Sakharovs' murder..the Sakharovs' death us unacceptable. But why are we certain that Sakharov is no longer alive? We are not certain. We have to .. we cannot exclude this possibility. The Soviet authorities do not give us the opportunity to speak to our parents. They do not give us any information whatsoever of their condition and whereabouts. They..through different people they feed us information -- that my parents are well and couldn't be better. And we know this is not so and we are anxious to learn about the true situation and we cannot do so, and the latest article in Izvestia accused my mother of being such a terrible woman who is able to step over her husband's dead body."
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
The stepdaughter of dissident Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov had a 45-minute meeting with French President Francois Mitterrand on May 24. Tatiana Yankelevich and her husband Yefrem visited the Elysee Palace as part of their campaign to publicise the plight of Sakharov and his wife Yelena Bonner. During her statements to reporters following the meeting with Mr. Mitterrand, Mrs Yankelevich said that since she had been unable to contact her parents she could not exclude the possibility of Sakharov's death. A recent article in the Soviet newspaper Izvestia has accused Yelena Bonner of being so abominable that she could walk over her husband's dead body. Nobel Prize winner Sakharov began a hunger strike at the beginning of this month to demand that his wife be allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment. Yelena Bonner is reported to have joined Sakharov in his fast at their home in internal exile in the Soviet city of Gorky. Several Western nations have already appealed to the Soviet authorities to give the Sakharovs humane treatment.
Source: REUTERS - JEAN-JACQUES FERON