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Sakharov may be ready to emigrate to Austria

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Laurent Belsie / April 29, 1983


Will Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov decide to leave the Soviet Union? Diplomatic sources here said he may have changed his mind about remaining in the Soviet Union and resolved to emigrate to Austria. Earlier, Vienna University offered the Nobel Prize laureate a visiting professorship. The sources said the Soviet officials' attitude on the case wasn't known, but there had been past indications that Mr. Sakharov would be granted an exit visa if he asked for one.

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Meanwhile, dissident Soviet writer Georgy Vladimov said he was allowed to emigrate to West Germany. His visa was for one year only, but dissidents with limited visas have in the past been prevented from returning.