SOVIET UNION: A Spokesman Muffled

"Let us hope that after the President's visit there will be no more political arrests," said Soviet Historian Pyotr Yakir on the eve of Richard Nixon's arrival in Moscow for the summit meeting. "It is time to end the Middle Ages." Last week plainclothes officers of the KGB (secret police) burst into Yakir's apartment, hustled him into a black Volga sedan, and took him to Lefortovo Prison, where he faces charges of passing information to the West about dissent in the Soviet Union.

He would not deny the accusation. The bearded, volatile...

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