Religion: Moscow Pray-In

Holing up in the U.S. embassy

They came seeking help, rushing past surprised Soviet guards and bursting into the U.S. embassy in Moscow last June 27. The seven Soviet citizens are now holed up as unwelcome guests in a 20-ft. by 12-ft. basement room (plus kitchen and bath). They are permitted no mail through diplomatic channels, cannot meet with reporters in the embassy building, and live in relative isolation. But they are adequately fed, at U.S. expense. Sympathizers have sent them books, and even a game of Russian Scrabble.

What they do mostly, though,...

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