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USSR / Human Rights / Mental Hospitals #562421

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 25, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) USSR human rights activists reported maintaining that insufficient progress made. USSR 's use of mental hospitals to keep dissidents quiet featured. Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Garrick Utley) USSR authorities reported denying that mental hospitals used to punish political dissidents. [Dissident Karin SAKIEN - comments on years spent in psychiatric hospital.] USSR mental hospitals noted requiring only diagnosis for commitment; diagnoses detailed. Scenes shown from psychiatric evaluations. [Serbsky Institution director Georgi MOROSOV - (thru translator) says accusations false.] [USSR psychiatrist Anatoli KORIAGAN - (thru translator) comments on being imprisoned for years after exposing abuses and calls Morosov criminal.] [MOROSOV - (thru translator) denies accusations.] Psychiatry noted abused by imprisoning those who don't need mental help. [Ex-mental hospital PATIENT - (thru translator) comments on ethnic organization involvement and being injected with drugs.] [Dr. Alexander CHIRKAN - (thru translator) defends policy.] USSR authorities reported releasing some political dissidents from mental hospitals. Helsinki Watch, human rights organization, reported documenting several cases. Patient's drawing shown.

Brokaw, Tom;
Utley, Garrick

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