World: Lifted Sentence

Svetlana Stalina was not alone last week in winning her freedom from Russia. A Soviet appeals court lifted the three-year labor-camp sentence imposed last December on Buel Ray Wortham, 25, of Little Rock, Ark., who had been convicted of stealing an antique statue of a bear from a Leningrad hotel and of changing money on the black market (TIME, Dec. 30). In place of the prison sentence, Wortham was ordered to pay a 5,000-ruble ($5,555) fine. The decision came after a plea by a group of Little Rock townfolk, who had promised to pay...

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