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MOSCOW (AP) - in an
unprecedented public rebuke of a
KGB officer, secret police chief
Viktor Chebrikov yesterday
announced the firing of one of his
field commanders for arranging the
false arrest of a journalist. ,
The announcement, shocking for
the average Soviet reader in its
criticism of the powerful
Committee for State Security, was
carried on the front page of the
Communist Party daily Pravda.
It said that in response to earlier
Pravda articles, a man identified
only as A. Dichenko was fired as
head of the KGB in the Ukrainian
region of Voroshilovgrad and that
KGB chief, Stepan Mukha, was
ordered to take disciplinary action
against other security officers.
THE KGB, one of the three
centers of Soviet power along with
the party and the military, has
always been considered virtually
immune to public accountability.
Except for changes in its top
leadership, KGB personnel shifts
and disciplinary action are conducted
There is no known precedent for
a KGB field officer being denounced
in the official press for misuse of
power or illegal activity.
Security chiefs have been
executed, including Genrykh
Yagoda, Lavrenti Beria and Nikolai
Yezhov. But they were shot in
secret or accused in show trials of
counter-revolution or spying.
The Pravda article also marked
an extremely unususal admission
that KGB officers violate the law to
punish individuals who fight
officialdom. Pravda said the
reporter, Viktor Berkhin, had been
writing critical articles in the
newspaper Sovietsky Shakhtyor
THE PRAVDA report
appeared connected to the publicity
campaign being conducted by
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev,
making an example of the
Ukrainian KGB officier to convey
the impression that no one is
exempt from discipline and that the
political leadership is in control of
the security organs.
There has been debate among
Western analysts about Gorbachev's
relationship with the KGB,
especially since the arrest last year
of American newsman Nicholas
Daniloff touched off a superpower
Gorbachev's policies of
"glasnost" (publicity on selected
issues) and "perestroika"
(reconstruction) have hit ministers
and even members of the Politburo.
But they hadn't touched the KGB.
It wasn't clear if the article
signaled an adoption by Chebrikov
of Gorbachev's personnel policies,
or if the KGB chairman came under
pressure to take personal
responsibility for cleaning up the
The article also comes at a time
when Gorbachev's leadership is
rumored to be trying to remove
Ukrainian party chief Vladimir
Shcherbitzky from the Politburo.
But perhaps most striking about
the announcement was the open
acknowledgement of something
most people here have always
understood but which was not
discusssed publicly - that the
KGB can arrest almost any citizen
and has used that power with
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AIDS cases soar in Michigan
DETROIT - The number of reported cases of AIDS nearly tripled
last year in Michigan, and state health officials predict the deadly illness
will continue its rapid spread.
Last year, the state Department of Public Health received 151 reports.
of people stricken with acquired immune deficiency syndrome, compared
with 59 in 1985.
"For every case reported, an additional 50 to 100 persons are infected:
with the AIDS virus but have not developed symptons," said Randy
Pope, chief of the department's Special Office on AIDS Prevention.
"Twenty to 30 percent of those people will develop full-blown AIDS:
at some time," Pope said Wednesday.
The department said it expects 230 to 250 AIDS reports in Michigan:
in 1987 and 2,300 to 3,600 over the next five years.
Since 1981, 257 AIDS cases and 148 deaths have been reported in
Senate panel may question
foreign officials on Iran offair
WASHINGTON - The head of the Senate committee investigating
the Iran-Contra affair said his panel may have to question foreign:
officials, while independent counsel Lawrence Walsh was reported
moving to have a grand jury get into the case.
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) said his select committee may send
investigators to Israel, Switzerland, Brunei, and possibly Iran, as part of
its quest to get a complete picture of the Reagan administration's arms
sales to Iran and financial dealings involving the Nicaraguan rebels.
Inouye said yesterday that any such travel would be closely coordinated
with the State Department so that normal diplomatic channels would not
"Our committee will not deal directly with the state of Israel, for
example. We would have to go through the State Department," he said.
"And if we are dealing with knowledgeable officials of Iran, we would
have to deal with the State Department because that's government-to-
MSU student faces charges
EAST LANSING - An 18-year-old Michigan State University,
freshman was freed yesterday on $10,000 bail after being charged with
shooting a fellow student during a November snowball fight, authorities
Brian Webb of Detroit posted $1,000, 10 percent of his bail amount,
and was released from Ingham County Jail, where he was held overnight
according to the university's Department of Public Safety.
Webb was arraigned Wednesday in 54-B District Court on charges of
assault with intent to do great bodily harm and felony firearm.
Visiting Judge Frederick Lewis read the charges and set the bail, and a
preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 14, according to a court
Webb was accused of shooting fellow Hubbard Hall resident Shannon
Radgens during a Nov. 20 snowball fight in the courtyard outside the
Surrogate mom seeks custody
HACKENSACK, N.J. - A surrogate mother testified yesterday she
realized while giving birth that she could not give up the baby and that
handing her daughter over to the couple who hired her made her feel like
"somebody was cutting my arm off."
As she fought back tears and her soft voice broke, Mary Beth Whitehead
said that throughout her pregnancy that she understood she would have to
gave her child to William and Elizabeth Stern.
But, she said, her feelings changed radically in the delivery room. "It
overwhelmed me," she testified. "It's just ... I had no control."
After the birth, the 29-year-old housewife said she and her husband,
Richard, decided to keep the baby but didn't know how to tell the Sterns.
Under a $10,000 contract, Mrs. Whitehead had agreed to be artificially
inseminated with Stern's sperm and bear the childless couple a baby.
After deciding not to give the couple the child, Mrs. Whitehead fled to
Florida with the infant and was returned to New Jersey by authorities.
New gene discovery may help
doctors predict breast cancer
WASHINGTON - Excess numbers of a certain gene in tumor tissue
may help doctors predict survival time and chances of a relapse in women
with breast cancer, researchers say in a finding that also may point to a
new treatment strategy.
The new signal flag for breast cancer prognosis is a cancer gene,
oncogene, which appears in more than normal numbers in tumor cells
from many women who do not respond well to treatment and whose
In a paper to be published today in the journal Science, researchers say
the oncogene appears to be a better predictor of breast cancer outcome
than almost every other technique presently used.
If doctors can tell which women are more likely to have a worse
outcome after surgerv and initial theraov. then they can prescribe more
aggressive treatments in hopes of warding off future disease.
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