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natural continuation of my activi-
- "It took a short period — some ties as a Jewish activist."
He knew nothing about a possi-
months — to get accustomed to
connection between his re-
this idea of being shot."
He was not subjected to physi- lease and that of the imprisoned
cal beatings, he said, but he did black South African leader, Nel-
suffer the torture of intense cold son Mandela, until he arrived in
and hunger in punishment cells, Israel. But while he supports the
which destroy the health of many release of all political prisoners,
prisoners. The men are fed every he is anxious to distinguish be-
second day, and you can hardly tween his own case and that of
sleep because you have to keep Mandel%
"I know that Nelson Mandela
exercising to keep yourself
has been in - prison for more than
According lo Soviet regula- 20 years and separated from his
tions, prisoners may be kept in family, which I well understand.
such punishment cells for no more On a day when I am so happy with
than 15 days. Anatoly my situation' would like others to
Shcharansky spent 130 days in be happy, too. I also think that all
the punishment cells, being taken political prisoners should be re-
out for an hour every 15 days and leased, whatever theirbeliefs ,"
But his own case should not be
And there was psychological confused with that of Nelson
torture, the most painful of which Mandela, who, he says, incited
was being deprived of contact — others to violence or himself
even letters — from his family committed violence in the course •
and not being permitted to send of his activities. "Our only
any himself. battlefields," said Anatoly
In 1982, he says, he was not Shcharansky, referring to the
allowed to send a single letter and Soviet Jewish refuseniks, "were
so he decided to embark on a small apartments in Moscow
hunger strike: "Once again, I had where we organized our press con-
to get accustomed to the idea that ferences."
Did he feel grateful for his re-
I would probably have to die."
Since arriving in Israel, he lease to the Soviet leader, Mr.
says, he has received al message Mikhail Gorbachev? "Frankly
from a group of Jews in Moscow speaking, no. On the other hand, I
who have long been refused per- think it's important to make Mr.
Gorbachev understand that if my
mission to emigrate to Israel.
"The message clearly shows release isn't an isolated case, if it's
that the struggle continues and only the beginning of a long proc-
that what happened to me in- ess of improving the situation of
spires them. The fact that the emigration and human rights, it
KGB were made to release me will give the Soviet Union new
without getting any concessions opportunities in other fields."
He hopes his mother, Ida Mil-
proves that our struggle can be
grom, and, other relatives will
really successful," he says.
"I was an optirdist when I soon be allowed to leave the Soviet
started participating in this Union and join him in Israel, but
movement 13 years ago, I was an he has no intention of allowing
optimist during my trial and I am the Soviets to use his family's
very optimistic now about the fate freedom salt lever in order to cen-
of Soviet Jews who are struggling sor him.
"The KGB tried many times to
He vigorously defends his deci- silence me or make me more com-
sion to fight on two fronts in the promising, but I refused any corn-
Soviet Union — for Jewish emig-. promise. I have seen many people
ration and, at the same time, for start negotiating with them --
the human rights of all Soviet they inevitably fail.
minorities.His participation with "I have always said what I
the Soviet physicist and Nobel thought and I am not going to stop
laureate, Dr. Andrei Sakharov, in now. Moreover, if the Soviet
the Helsinki Watch Group, which authorities feel that I am more
monitored violations of human cautious (now) bicause I don't
rights in the Soviet Union, was "a want to,make trouble for my rela-