The dissident Russian physicist, Edward Lozansky, has begun a hunger strike in Paris to coincide with the Moscow Olympics.
GV Edouard Lozansky, Soviet physicist, being interviewed in Paris in English
LS Eiffel Tower, Paris
GV Mr. Lozansky speaking
LOZANSKY: "At this point we decided that the only thing we can do is to start a hunger strike and my wife will begin it tonight, and I hope to begin it tonight. I will do it in Paris, she will do it in Moscow. We hope that will draw attention to our case. We hope to get help from France and from other countries to be reunited. I talked t my wife yesterday on the phone. She is ready for this hunger strike. She asked me to pass a message to all athletes who go to Moscow. She asks them also to visit her during her hunger strike. She asks them also to make a statement to President Brezhnev and ask him to allow immigration saying this will improve the atmosphere at this year's Olympics. We want to collect one million signature for the support of Andre Sakharov. We consider the freedom of Sakharov is not only important to him but for all of us because Andre Sakharov's treatment by the soviet Union violates all international treaties, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the Helsinki Agreement. And this is why we think it is a very dangerous action and it is very dangerous to peace and to freedom. If this country violates an international agreement it cannot be trusted with other freedoms. So I hope we are successful in our fight for Andre Sakharov."
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Background: The dissident Russian physicist, Edward Lozansky, has begun a hunger strike in Paris to coincide with the Moscow Olympics. He's protesting at the Soviet Union's refusal to allow his wife out of Russia and the soviet treatment of fellow dissident, Andre Sakharov. At the same time his wife has begun a hunger strike in Moscow, Mr. Lozansky says he left the soviet Union in 1976 in the belief that his wife would soon be able to join him. He says such assurance were given him by his wife's father, General Ivan Yershov, the soviet Chief of Staff.