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Soviets launch attack on wife of Sakharov

The Soviet government daily Izvestia published a fierce personal attack on the wife of dissident Andrei Sakharov Sunday, saying she had dominated and exploited her husband and forced him into a hunger strike.

Mr. Sakharove went on a hunger strike May 2 to put pressure on Soviet authorities to allow his wife, Yelena Bonner, to go abroad for medical treatment. Sources close to the family said Saturday that Sakharov had been taken from his apartment in Gorky on May 7 and had not been heard from since.

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