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Swedish Woman Camps Outside Soviet Embassy

August 17, 1985

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) _ A Swedish woman dressed in her white bridal gown camped outside the Soviet Embassy Saturday, on a hunger strike to demand that her Soviet fiance be freed.

Marie-Anne Farrow, 30, told reporters that Soviet authorities detained journalist Valentin Jurov, then put him in a Moscow mental institution weeks before their July 5 wedding date.

She said they met last year when she was in Moscow as a tourist, and that they had received official Soviet permission to marry. Since becoming engaged, she said her fiance had lost his job.

″Now I realize what the hammer and sickle really stand for,″ she said outside the embassy gate. ″The hammer is to crush hearts and the sickle, to cut the bonds of love.″

Miss Farrow was refused entry to the embassy Thursday. She met a consular official Friday, and said she was told they would consider her case only if she stopped her protest. She said she did not believe them.

Pyotr Kogojenko, a Soviet Embassy official, was quoted by one Stockholm newspaper Saturday as saying Miss Farrow’s allegations were ″doubtful″ and that her protest was ″political.″

A Swedish Foreign Ministry official said the case would be looked into.

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