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May 30, 1988
And meeting with the Gen. Sec. Touched on other subjects—congratulated him for his courage in leaving Afghanistan. Then tried to show him how some of things we’re urging on him would actually help bring about his perestroika. There is no question in my mind but that a certain chemistry does exist between us.
Then joined Nancy & we visited the Danilov Monastery which is being refurbished for use as an Orthodox Church. We were shown the restoration of icons that is going on. I addressed the assembled monks about the need for freedom of worship.
Then back to Spaso house for meeting with group of dissidents & Refusniks we’re trying to get released & allowed to emigrate. One man who has been trying to join his wife in Fla. for 8 yrs. got word last Sat. that he can go. It was a heart moving experience.
Then a quiet dinner by ourselves at Spaso House—NO—it was the big dinner at the Kremlin.