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Raisa's Position

November 26, 1987

William Eaton, whose article on Raisa Gorbachev appeared Nov. 19 as "Resenting Raisa," is misinformed. The Soviet Union does not have anyone in the unofficial position of First Lady.

First-ladyships are a phenomenon restricted to the United States. Mrs. Gorbachev is simply the wife of the secretary general of the Soviet Union. I have seen articles referring to Mrs. Gorbachev as "First Lady" ever since the summit in Geneva.

IGOR SEMYONOV

Los Angeles

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