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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1161

Senator Greenwood asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

1.   ls the Ukrainian historian, Valentyn Moroz, currently being held in Vladimir prison in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

2.   How long has he been imprisoned.

3.   Of what charges, if any, does he stand convicted.

4.   Is he in a critical state of health.

5.   Has the Australian Government made any protest to the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics against the imprisonment of Moroz; if not, when does it propose to do so.

Senator Willesee - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

1.   Information available to my Department indicates that Moroz is being held in Vladimir prison.

2.   and 3. He was convicted in 1970 on a charge of antiSovietism and sentenced to six years in prison, to be followed by three years in a labour camp and five years in exile.

4.   He is said to have been seriously maltreated in Vladimir prison and subjected to beatings from fellow prisoners. He is also said to have been in solitary confinement since January this year and to have begun a hunger strike on 1 June. The Soviet authorities deny, however, that he has been ill-treated or is in poor health and state that he has received proper medical facilities.

5.   The Soviet Embassy in Canberra has been informed by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the concern felt in Australia about the Moroz case.

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