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Vow on Dissidents Questioned

United Press International

The State Department questioned today the significance of a reported Soviet promise to release all citizens imprisoned for voicing political or religious dissent.

Department spokesman Charles Redman said the Soviets classify about 40 inmates in prisons, labor camps and psychiatric hospitals as political prisoners, but the United States believes there are more than 200 such captives. West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl concluded three days of talks with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev Wednesday, saying Kremlin officials had promised to release all political prisoners by the end of the year.


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