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The World

January 07, 1988

Soviet human rights monitors in Moscow said that a former dissident who spent 17 years in confinement has been returned to a psychiatric clinic in what they said was the use of psychiatry for political purposes. The monitors, associates of the independent monitoring organization Press Club Glasnost, said the hospitalization of Lev Ubozhko last month was the first known case of psychiatric internment for political reasons since last February. The monitors told reporters that Ubozhko was interned in a psychiatric hospital in the Urals on Dec. 28. Ubozhko's brother visited him at the hospital and found him in a semiconscious state,induced by drug injections, the monitors reported.

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