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Human Rights Group Reports Two Soviet Dissidents Released With AM-Soviet-Refuseniks

December 5, 1987

FRANKFURT, West Germany (AP) _ Two Soviet dissidents have been released from psychiatric clinics where they were held for years, a human rights group said Friday.

The Frankfurt-based International Organization for Human Rights said religious activist Anna Chertkova, 59, was released three days ago by Soviet authorities.

The organization, in a message to the news media, said Ms. Chertkova, a Baptist, had been held for more than 15 years in labor camps and psychiatric institutions after writing a letter to Soviet officials in 1972 protesting religious persecution.

It also said dissident Vladimir Gershchuny, 57, was released from a psychiatric clinic Thursday.

Gershchuny had been held in a psychiatric clinic since 1982 after being imprisoned in labor camps for more than 15 years for unspecified activities, the human rights group said.

It said it confirmed the releases in telephone conversations with contacts in Moscow on Friday.

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