Page 2, 15th January 1982

15th January 1982
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Page 2, 15th January 1982 — Father Gleb ends his hunger strike

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Locations: Perm


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Father Gleb ends his hunger strike

FATHER Cileb Yakunin, the imprisoned Russian Orthodox priest, has ended his hunger strike according to reliable reports reaching Keston College.

He has been returned to Perm Hard Labour Camp No. 37 from the camp hospital of Labour Camp No. 35, to which he was transferred when he declared a hunger Strike.

Fr Gleb as sentenced to five years strict regime camps to be followed by five years internal exile ')n charges of "anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda", in August 1980. He was a founder of the unofficial "Christian Committee for the Defence of Believers' Rights" in the USSR, a body which set itself the aim of' monitoring violations or believers' ,rights .by Soviet authorities.

On September 16, 1981, Fr Gleb went on hunger strike to protest at the confiscation of his Bible, prayer book and other religious literature by the authorities of Camp 37. He was later transferred to the hospital in Camp 35 as there are no such facilities in Camp No. 37. There \sere unconfirmed reports that Fr Cileb was given forced intravenous feeding.

Keston College has received information that he is in good health.

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