Behavior: Diagnosis: Sane

U.S. doctors clear a dissident

Soviet psychiatrists have a nasty habit of declaring dissidents insane and shipping them off to mental hospitals.

Former Red Army Major General Pyotr Grigorenko got the treatment twice.

When he was allowed to visit the U.S. in 1977, he sent word to Washington, B.C., Psychiatrist Walter Reich that he wanted a second opinion from American doctors. His motives: to clear his name, and raise enough of a hue and cry that he would not be confined again.

Grigorenko, now 70, need not have worried. The old soldier was stripped of Soviet...

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