I along with many others rejoice at the release of Andrei Sakharov from exile in Gorky and the reinstatement of his rights as a citizen of the U.S.S.R.
At the same time, however, many other, less well-known individuals remain in prisons and mental hospitals, locked up for exercising the same rights of speech and action that Sakharov supports.
One of them is a young man named Aleksei Musatov, who was arrested, it appears, solely for the practice of a religion not approved by the state and who has been held in a psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane for the last three years.
Aleksei Musatov is not well-known or politically important, but simply a laborer of limited education who worked as janitor in a kindergarten at the time of his arrest. Repeated requests to Soviet authorities for information about his condition and the expected date of his release have met with no response.