1 Scripps Howard News Service Release date: 4-14-88 Editorial _ Uzzell A DEATH IN THE GULA

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1 Scripps Howard News Service Release date: 4-14-88 Editorial _ Uzzell A DEATH IN THE GULAG Unfortunately for Sacisuta Dasa, he belonged to an oppressed Soviet minority that does not have millions of members and sympathizers in the West. So the 23-year-old religious dissident's death in the Gulag last December has failed to get the attention it deserves. According to Helsinki Watch, the human-rights organization, Sacisuta was the only prisoner of conscience known to die in a labor camp in 1987. The circumstances were suspicious: He was scheduled for release just 11 days later, his body was not released to his family, and no document was issued to explain the cause of his death. Sacisuta was an Armenian convert to the Hare Krishna movement. Many Americans consider that sect weird, but its followers have the same universal human rights as those of any other religion. The Soviet authorities' treatment of Sacisuta shows that they continue to hold those rights in contempt.

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