Soviet officials are remaining silent on the condition of Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov.
GV Demonstrators outside Aeroflot offices.
CU Sakharov poster PULL OUT GV demonstration, police, banners. (3 SHOTS)
CU Posters and demonstrators, man speaking, candles as demonstration continues after dark. (5 SHOTS)
Background: Soviet officials are remaining silent on the condition of Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov. The 60-year-old Soviet physicist and his wife have been on hunger-strike for more than two weeks, in support of an exit visa for Dr. Sakharov's stepdaughter, Liza Alexeyeva, who has married a Russian living in the United States. Dr. Sakharov and his wife have reportedly gone into hospital Demonstrations have occurred around the world. Meanwhile in the United States their son-in-law, Alexey Semynov in an interview said he did not know what had happened to the couple.
The Sakharov case has attracted wide interest. Large numbers of people in Western countries have expressed their sympathy for the couple's campaign. These demonstrators surrounded the Paris office of the Soviet's airline Aeroflot. Other demonstrations took place outside the Soviet Embassy, in Paris.
But in spite of the protests, the authorities in Moscow remained silent about the Sakharovs. They have said the two are now in hospital, but relatives have said they have no proof. An application by Liza Alexeyeva to visit her stepfather has been deferred.
Sakharov, nuclear physicist turned dissident, has long been a controversial figure in the Soviet Union.
In July 1978, he still retained many advantages as a scientist and member of the Soviet Academy -- among them his flat in Moscow. Then he was exiled to the Urals city of Gorki. This was one of his last recorded interviews.
Was his wife in danger?
He was then asked if he thought his wife would be allowed to leave and whether his parents might leave as well.