Soviets Sentence Ukrainian Activist

From Reuters

A Ukrainian Catholic civil rights activist has been sentenced to seven years in a labor camp followed by five years of internal exile for involvement in a banned church group, a Soviet exile group said Tuesday.

The Slavic Mission said Josyf Terelia, 43, was sentenced by the district court at Uzhgorod in the Ukraine on Aug. 20.

It said that Terelia, who had already served more than 18 years’ hard labor for involvement in the banned Ukrainian Catholic Church, headed a group for the defense of the rights of the church and believers.

He had published 10 issues of an underground newspaper called the Chronicle of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.