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American Woman Reunited With Soviet Husband

January 19, 1986

FRANKFURT, West Germany (AP) _ A Massachusetts woman was reunited with her Soviet husband on Sunday after a three-year separation, and two other Russian men prepared to join their American wives in the United States.

Edith Luthi, of Holliston, Mass., hugged her husband, Michael Iossel, after he arrived at the Frankfurt International Airport from Leningrad.

″I’m sorry, but you have to understand we don’t want to talk to the press now,″ she said, smiling, as she helped her husband with his suitcases. ″You have to let us get used to this.″

″Thank you for being so understanding,″ the 31-year-old woman said later.

Iossel was accompanied by Leonid Ablavsky, who is to fly to the United States on Monday for a reunion with his wife, Robin Rubendunst of New York City’s Brooklyn borough.

A third Soviet citizen, Alexi Lodisev, arrived in Frankfurt earlier Sunday from Moscow en route to a reunion with his wife, Sandra Gubin of Kalamazoo, Mich.

The three men are the latest Soviet citizens who have been allowed to rejoin family members in the West following the U.S.-Soviet summit meeting in Geneva last November.

Ms. Luthi and Iossel were married in August 1981, while she was studying Russian in the Soviet Union. She left for home in 1982 and had not seen her husband since.

The couple said they would spend the night in Frankfurt, then travel to Ms. Luthi’s home outside Boston on Monday.

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