End Game

A fast is broken

When Lidiya Vashchenko, 30, was admitted to Moscow's Botkin Hospital Jan. 30, her weight had dropped from 115 Ibs. to 84 Ibs., and she was dehydrated. Still she refused to eat until doctors threatened force-feeding. A visitor from the Illinois-based Christian Legal Society last week reported that Vashchenko was out of intensive care and "in good spirits."

Her recovery was a new twist in a particularly sensitive diplomatic stalemate. The Siberian Seven—Vashchenko, four family members and two friends—have lived in a 12-ft. by 20-ft. room in the basement of the U.S. embassy in Moscow since they crashed past embassy...

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