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March 06, 1986

Reagan Administration officials said they have no confirmation of a report that Vitaly S. Yurchenko, a Soviet defector who recanted and returned home last year, was executed in the Soviet Union. But Soviet Embassy spokesman Boris Malakhov called it "sheer nonsense." National Public Radio quoted Administration sources as saying Yurchenko was executed by firing squad. A White House spokesman said the report is "an old story" put out about three weeks ago by European sources.

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