BONN — Soviet dissidents Andrei Sakharov and Anatoly Shcharansky may be released in a spy and dissident exchange being organized by the Soviet Union, the United States and East and West Germany, Bild newspaper said today.
In Geneva, officials awaited the expected arrival on an exit visa of Sakharov's wife, Yelena Bonner, for eye surgery in the West. Bonner failed to appear on the first of two flights out of Moscow today, lending credence to suggestions that she may refuse to leave the Soviet Union without her husband.
Bild today announced that its Friday editions will carry a story saying Sakharov and Shcharansky are the central figures in an exchange being arranged by the superpowers and the two Germanies. A similar forecast was published by Der Spiegel magazine earlier this month.
Bild based its report on unnamed Washington and Bonn diplomatic sources.
Bild said complex, four-sided negotiations were under way for an exchange to take place in late November, sometime after the Nov. 19-20 Geneva summit between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.