Three Soviet dissident women who arrived in vienna on Monday (21 July) said they had appealed in an underground paper to Soviet men to go to prison rather than fight in Afghanistan.
SV Three representatives of Soviet feminist movement including editor of dissident newspaper, Tatyana Goricheva at exhibition to Soviet dissident painters in Vienna.
CU Various leaves of underground paper "Almanach" printed in German.
CU Goricheva speaking in German, saying there are opposition groups in Soviet Union opposing "war in Afghanistan".
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Background: Three Soviet dissident women who arrived in vienna on Monday (21 July) said they had appealed in an underground paper to Soviet men to go to prison rather than fight in Afghanistan. The women, Tatyana Goricheva, Natalia Malachuskaya and Tatyana Mamoneva, belonged to a Leningrad feminist group.
SYNOPSIS: The three women say they were given the choice of leaving the Soviet Union, or be thrown in jail. When they left Leningrad on Sunday (20 July), with visas for Israel, they had lost their Soviet citizenship. In Leningrad they edited an underground paper, which has frequently called for equal rights for women. But last week it also carried an appeal to Soviet men to resist being drafted for service in Afghanistan. The women explained that despite the fact that their paper was widely read in Europe, communication in the Soviet Union was difficult, because the authorities, the women claimed, kept a close eye on them.
Newspaper editor Tatyana Goricheva said that despite such difficulties there is opposition to the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, especially among young people in the Soviet Union.
More especially Ms. Goricheva referred to an opposition women's movement, which had written appeals to both Soviet and Afghan women denouncing what she called the war in Afghanistan.