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April 06, 1987

Soviet dissident poet Nizametdin Akhmetov, 39, reportedly was severely beaten in a psychiatric hospital after refusing to give up his request to emigrate. Yelena Bonner, wife of Nobel peace laureate Andrei D. Sakharov, told reporters in Moscow that Akhmetov, in a letter dated March 13, said his face was injured, his liver was swollen and he could walk only with difficulty after drunken orderlies attacked him and several other inmates at the clinic at Cheliabinsk in the Urals.

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