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Powers Pessimistic on Early Release from Soviet Incarceration

Feb. 6, 1962 - Francis Gary Powers (pictured right at his Moscow trial), the U-2 pilot imprisoned in the Soviet Union, has written his wife that he has no hope of reducing his 10-year sentence for espionage. Mr. Powers wrote that Soviet officials had told him there was no hope of clemency or parole because of the “seriousness and gravity of his crime,” Mrs. Powers said today. The pilot was sentenced to three years in prison and seven in a work camp. Mrs. Powers said that she had applied for a visa and was planning a two-month trip to the Soviet Union this summer. But she said that there was no indication that she would even get to see her husband.


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