On October 9, as what appears to have been part of the recent Zakharov-Daniloff package deal, the Soviets released from prison the young Orthodox poetess Irina Ratushinskaya, whose case has been championed by several Christian and human rights groups in the West during her severe confinement of the past three years. At home with her husband in Kiev, Irina expressed her overwhelming gratitude for this intercession on her behalf:
"All of us in the women's political zone felt this support and prayer in a way that is impossible to describe in mere words .... It is practically a physical sensation, a sort of screen which protects you from everything that is being done to you."
This support, she felt, was the key factor in her unexpected release.[OA/_private/oabot.htm]