Nation: Once More, with Feeling

Vance and Gromyko wrestle over their most complex problem

On almost the eve of what had been regarded as a promising arms-control conference between Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, Moscow last week suddenly issued a chilling announcement. It said that Anatoli Shcharansky, 30, a computer expert and Jewish human rights activist who has been accused of spying for the CIA, would stand trial in Moscow early this week on a charge of high treason. If found guilty, he could be executed. On the same day that Shcharansky's trial...

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