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Father Gleb Yakunin

Volume 974: debated on Sunday 11 November 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what representations have been made by Her Majesty's Government, as a co-signatory of the Helsinki Agreement, to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic following the recent arrest of Father Gleb Yakunin, the chairman of the Moscow Committee for the Defence of Believers Rights.

The Government are deeply disturbed by Father Yakunin's arrest and by the continuing religious suppression in the Soviet Union. They have recently taken an opportunity to convey to the Soviet authorities their concern about human rights in the USSR.