Soviet Union: Freedom Flight

After five years, an exit visa

At the time, many saw it as a desperate, probably futile gamble. Seven Pentecostals from Siberia raced past startled Soviet guards and into the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Their aim: to win permission to leave a country that, they said, persecuted members of their religious minority (estimated size: at least 150,000). The fugitives were given a single 12-ft.-by-20-ft. room in the embassy basement and later took over the barbershop next door. Last week, after nearly five years in their refuge, the Siberian Seven, as they have become...

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