SOVIET DISSIDENTS PUBLISH MAGAZINE TO TEST GLASNOST POLICY DISSIDENT MAGAZINE Moscow (JULY

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SOVIET DISSIDENTS PUBLISH MAGAZINE TO TEST GLASNOST POLICY DISSIDENT MAGAZINE Moscow (JULY 3) DPA - Indirectly challenging the Kremlin to live up to Mikhail Gorbachov's drive to reform Soviet society, a group of dissidents Friday released the first issue of a magazine named after Gorbachov's keyword: Glasnost, or openness. Scheduled to appear thrice monthly, the magazine deals with the situation of political prisoners in the Soviet Union as well as with economic and cultural issues, the environment and law. Glasnost's authors said they have applied with the Communist Party Central Committee for permission to publish. Although no reply has come so far, they said, authorities have not moved to stop the magazine from appearing. In a foreword, they described Glasnost's existence as better proof of democracy in the Soviet Union than could be offered in hundreds of official statements and declarations. The Magazine's first issue also featured the names of eight political internees still at Chistopol Prison in early May and said it would report regularly on the fate of prisoners of conscience and on releases. The authors pointed out the limits of Gorbachov's glasnost campaign at a press conference in Moscow Friday, noting that the KGB secret police remained immune from the reform drive. In addition, they said, groups of ethnic exiles, such as the Tartars deported from the Crimea in 1942, were still unable to return home.

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