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Soviet Residents

February 05, 1988

My heart goes out to the Florida couple who moved to the Soviet Union because they could not feel secure in the U.S. (Part I, Jan. 30). In particular, they discovered restrictions on building on a piece of flood plain land they owned. Of course, they are now absolutely secure against such surprises because all land is government property in the Soviet Union. However, I object to their act being called a "defection." They have breached no allegiance or duty. They are free to go, talk about "socialist principles" of unrestrained private property and return at will. But if they really want to find out about socialism, their next stop should be Sweden.

REIN TAAGEPERA

Irvine

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