Religion: Deadly Game in a U.S. Embassy

Soviet Pentecostalists try to win freedom with a hunger strike

There are seven of them. For the past 3½ years they have lived as uninvited guests in a grubby 12-ft. by 20-ft. room in the basement of the U.S. embassy on Moscow's bustling Tchaikovsky Street. They share two beds. They earn small change around the embassy washing cars, knitting garments, cleaning rooms.

Known to the outside world as "the Siberian Seven," they are Russian Pentecostalists, revivalist worshipers who want to emigrate to the U.S. with the rest of their families. Thus far, the Soviet Union has blocked their efforts. Last week, in the...

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