MOSCOW — Five Americans caught in a battle with Soviet authorities over their dual U.S.-Soviet citizenship appealed to President Reagan on Wednesday to do more to get them out of the Soviet Union.
The five, all holders of U.S. passports, said the Reagan Administration should not "forget its hostages in Moscow" and should become more active in helping them find a way to leave a country in which they feel trapped.
In a hastily called press conference in a Moscow apartment, timed to coincide with the Vienna meeting on compliance with the 1975 Helsinki human rights accord, the five said their cases were no different than the U.S. Embassy hostages once held in Iran or the Americans still captive in Lebanon.
All U.S. Citizens
The five all hold U.S. passports by virtue of being born to American citizens but have spent most of their lives here. However, all either hold Soviet citizenship or did until it was revoked because of their efforts to emigrate. The Soviet Union does not recognize their U.S. citizenship and has refused all of them exit visas.