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Moscow Rejects Teen Pilot's Plea for Pardon

December 08, 1987|Reuters

MOSCOW — An appeal for a pardon by Mathias Rust, the teen-age West German pilot who landed his plane next to the Kremlin last May, has been turned down, Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Yuri Gremitskikh said today.

"His request was reviewed. The answer was negative," Gremitskikh told a news conference. Rust, 19, was sentenced in September to four years in a labor camp.

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