Sakharov To Take Part In Moscow Peace Forum
Feb. 04, 1987
MOSCOW (AP) _ Andrei Sakharov, whose forced internal exile in Gorky was ended in December, said Wednesday he will take part in a government-sponsored forum on peace and disarmament this month.
Sakharov said he was called on Tuesday by Yevgeny Velikhov, vice president of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and invited to participate.
More than 700 scientists, business representatives, authors, cultural workers, doctors and religious leaders have said they are interested in attending the conference, according to the event's organizers.
The forum will mark the first time that Sakharov, a physicist who won the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize, has participated in a government-sanctioned event since his emergence in the 1960s as a leading dissident.
In January 1980, Sakharov was grabbed off a Moscow street and put on a plane to Gorky, a city closed to foreigners 250 miles from Moscow. He was kept in exile there until Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev ordered Sakharov be allowed to return to Moscow to resume scientific work.
Sakharov, who has written on disarmament issues as well as promoting human rights, has said he wants to resume his research work. However, he also said he would continue to speak out about human rights issues.