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August 24, 1996 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton administration granted political asylum Friday to two opposition politicians from Belarus, accusing the strategically located former Soviet republic of a pattern of human rights abuses that echoes the repression of the Communist era. It was the first time since the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991 that the United States has conferred refugee status on dissidents from any of the 15 former Soviet republics.
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August 24, 1996 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton administration granted political asylum Friday to two opposition politicians from Belarus, accusing the strategically located former Soviet republic of a pattern of human rights abuses that echoes the repression of the Communist era. It was the first time since the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991 that the United States has conferred refugee status on dissidents from any of the 15 former Soviet republics.
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