SOVIET UNION: Human Rights on Trial (Contd.)

Moscow convicts another dissident, harasses a diplomat

Undaunted by the world outcry against the trials and convictions of Anatoli Shcharansky and two other Soviet dissidents, Moscow last week moved to silence another human rights activist. Attorney Lev Lukyanenko, 50, went on trial in the small Ukrainian town of Gorodnya near Kiev on charges of "anti-Soviet agitation." The pattern of the proceedings was much the same as in the previous trials. Like Shcharansky, Alexander Ginzburg and Viktoras Petkus, Lukyanenko refused to make a public confession, despite seven months of pretrial interrogation. Instead, he went on a hunger strike when the...

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