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Shcharansky faces treason trial Monday
MOSCOW (AP) - The Kremlin disclosed yesterday ticipating in a Moscow spy ring operated by the Central Soviet government, both with regard to observing its
it will put jailed Jewish activist Anatoly Shcharansky Intelligence Agency through American diplomats and commitments under the Helsinki Final Act and to
on trial Monday for high treason, and Washington journalists here. promoting a healthy atmosphere for the constructive
responded with a blunt warning that the fate of the 30- The U.S. embassy later denounced the article as "a development of U.S.-Soviet relations."
year-old computer programmer will have an impor- classic piece of disinformation," President Carter Western diplomatic sources in Moscow said the
tant impact on U.S.-Soviet relations. declared he was "completely convinced" that Sh- timing of the two trials just before next week's resum-
Shcharansky, accused in the Soviet press of spying charansky never had any relationship with the CIA, ption of strategic arms limitation talks was a "ham-
for the CIA, will go on trial in Moscow the same day and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance urged Moscow to handed" move by the Soviets that could dampen U.S.-
that another Jewish dissident leader, Alexander Gin- call off the trial. Soviet detente at a critical point in the negotiations.
zburg, stands trial in the city of Kaluga, 100 miles from Shcharansky's cause was also taken up by many in-
here. ternational human rights groups and Jewish STATE DEPARTMENT spokesman Hodding Carter
THE SCHEDULING of the trial date had long been organizations, who claim he is being persecuted would not rule out the possibility that Vance would
anticipated. The report by the official Tass news agen- becafise of his activism on behalf of Jews prevented broach the subject of dissident trials in the arms talks.
cy that it was set for Monday also was the first Kremlin from leaving the Soviet Union. Tass said Shcharansky's trial would begin on Mon-
confirmation that Shcharansky is charged with treason IN MID-MARCH, 28 U.S. Senators sent aletter to day in the "People's Court" of the Proletarsky district
by espionage, which carries a maximum penalty of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev asking for Sh- in eastern Moscow.
death, charansky's release. After yesterday's announcement, People's court trials are decided by three judges,
The short, balding Slicharansky, a leader of the a State Department spokesperson, in a statement he and the defendant is usually not allowed to call defense
Soviet Jewish emigration movement here, was said was cleared with Carter, told reporters: "In our witnesses. Shcharansky has been held incommunicado
arrested April 15, 1977, after an article in the gover- view, the fate of Mr. Shcharansky and Mr. Ginzburg inside Moscow's Lefortovo prison since his arrest.
nment newspaper Izvestia accused him of par- will be an important indicator of the sttitude of the
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