Breakthrough is hinted on Pentecostalist refuge
A Soviet woman Pentecostalist who staged a month-long hunger strike to press for the right to emigrate was reunited Thursday with her family and friends in the US Embassy in Moscow.Skip to next paragraph
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American officials said the willingness of the Soviet police to grant Lydia Vashchenko entry to the compound could be a breakthrough in efforts to end the Pentecostalists' 31/2-year isolation under US protection.
Miss Vashchenko was released from a Soviet hospital, where she was treated for the effects of her 36-day hunger strike to dramatize her family's demand to emigrate to the United States.