A Letter From the Publisher: Feb. 24, 1986

For TIME staff members, a breaking news story that requires coordinating coverage of events occurring in swift succession in several cities presents a special challenge. This week's dramatic story of the release and arrival in the West of Soviet Dissident Anatoli Shcharansky was just such an occasion. Days before the Soviets handed over Shcharansky, Bonn Bureau Chief William McWhirter set about covering the final days of delicate negotiations for Shcharansky's freedom. He dispatched Correspondent John Kohan, Russian fur hat and extra sweaters in hand, to Berlin to stake out the Glienicker Bridge. Says Kohan, who speaks both German and Russian: "The...

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