44.1 Chronology

No 44 : 16 March 1977

December 1976

18     Exchange of Bukovsky and Corvalan

24     Searches among members of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group

25     Psychiatric arrest of Vladimir Borisov (Leningrad)

1977

January 1977

4       Searches among members of Moscow Helsinki Group

TASS announcement of link between Helsinki Group and NTS

5       Creation of the Working Commission to Investigate
the Use of Psychiatry for Political Purposes

Yury Mnyukh joins Moscow Helsinki Group

Interrogation of Yury Orlov

10     TASS report about an explosion in the Moscow Metro on 8 January

Report on explosion in Evening News (London) by Victor Louis

11     O Lukauskaite-Poshkene of the Lithuanian Helsinki Group
is called to the procurator’s office

12     Statement by Andrei Sakharov about the explosion

14     Naum Meiman joins Moscow Helsinki Group

Creation of the Georgian Helsinki Group

20     Press conference by Kronid Lyubarsky

25     Sakharov called to USSR Procurator’s Office

26     Soviet newspapers publish TASS report about Sakharov
entitled “The slanderer has been warned”

February 1977

1       Interrogation of Yury Orlov

2      Article by A. Petrov (Agatov), “Liars and Hypocrites”, in
Literaturnaya gazeta

3      Arrest of Alexander Ginzburg

4      Malva Landa, Kronid Lyubarsky and Tatyana Khodorovich
become representatives of the Fund to Aid Political Prisoners

5      Arrest of Nikolai Rudenko (Kiev) and Alexei Tikhy (Donetsk Region)

Search at home of Oksana Meshko (Kiev)

6      Search at the home of N.A. Strokatova

Pyotr Vins joins the Ukrainian Helsinki Group

7      Search at the home of Yury Mnyukh

Searches in Lithuania

10    Arrest of Yury Orlov

12    Lead article in Pravda, “What lies behind the fuss about ‘human rights’”

Beginning of a daily campaign in the Soviet press

14    Valentin Turchin is given a “final warning”

22    Ludmila Alexeyeva leaves the USSR

25    Search at the Tarusa house of Alexander Ginzburg

March 1977

1      President Carter receives Vladimir Bukovsky at White House

2      Searches in Odessa and arrest of Vasily Barladyanu

3      Arrest of Iosif Begun

4      Release of Vladimir Borisov from psychiatric hospital

Lipavsky, “Open Letter” to Izvestia

Searches at the homes of Jewish activists in Moscow

14    Release of M Shtern

Search at home of Alexander Podrabinek

15    Arrest of Anatoly Shcharansky