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May 16, 1985

President Reagan appealed to Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to released Nobel Prize-winning scientist Andrei D. Sakharov and to allow Sakharov's wife, Yelena Bonner, to travel abroad for medical treatment. In a statement marking National Andrei Sakharov Day, which falls on May 21, Reagan said Moscow's efforts to silence the dissident will ultimately fail. Earlier, Jose Sorzano, U.S. delegate to the United Nations, delivered a diplomatic note and an estimated 20,000 letters to the Soviet U.N. Mission, protesting the Sakharovs' exile to the city of Gorky.

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