SOVIET UNION: The Prisoners of Conscience

Russians learned for the first time last week that Physicist Andrei Sakharov's application to visit Oslo to receive his Nobel Prize for Peace had been refused. An article in the Literary Gazette explained that he possessed "important state and military secrets." In fact, the father of Russia's H-bomb has not worked on classified military projects for nearly seven years.

Sakharov has charged that the denial of a visa is a "flagrant violation" of the principles of last August's European Security Conference accord at Helsinki, where the U.S.S.R. agreed to "facilitate wider travel" for...

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