MOSCOW -- The son of self-exiled chess grand master Viktor Korchnoi has been released from a Siberian prison and is now back in Leningrad, family sources said today.
Igor Korchnoi, 22, was released from a prison camp in the Kurgan area of Siberia after serving a 2 -year jail term for refusing to be drafted into the Soviet army.
'Next week we apply to emigrate,' said his mother Bella, who met him at the camp and brought him home Friday.
'He looks so-so,' she said. 'He's so happy to be home that all that is beside the point. The important thing is that he's with us.'
She said her husband called her from Switzerland and said he hopes they will be allowed to leave soon.
Korchnoi, 50, defected in 1975, leaving his wife and child behind. Since then he has twice failed to unseat Soviet player Anatoly Karpov in world championship competitions.
The Swiss government is said to have asked the Soviets to allow the Korchnois to emigrate but the family has already been turned down in an earlier application for exit visas.
Igor Korchnoi refused to be drafted for fear that if he learned any military secrets, the Soviet government automatically deny him permission to emigrate for at least 10 years.