Nation: A Sadness the World Feels

How and why U.S.-Soviet relations have sunk to the lowest point in years

There was never much doubt about the verdict, only about the severity of the punishment. The Soviets resolved that question late last week by imposing on Dissident Leader Anatoli Shcharansky a term of 13 years in prison and hard labor camp for treason (see WORLD). President Carter, who had called the trials of Shcharansky and Fellow Dissident Alexander Ginzburg "an attack on every human being who lives in the world who believes in basic human freedom," said the verdict produced a "sadness...

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