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March 13, 1986

The Soviet Union appears to be undergoing its own "Vietnam syndrome," with veterans returning from Afghanistan to find life empty for them, just as did some U.S. servicemen returning home in the '70s. Soviet media for the most part have been silent about the negative aspects of the war, but Komsomolskaya Pravda, a newspaper for young Communists, recently published a letter describing the problems of a group of returned veterans who feel like outsiders. Reports reaching the West also tell of widespread drug abuse among the Soviet veterans.

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