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Moscow Court Increases Sentences for Hooligans in Kaufman Case

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Increased sentences were imposed by the Moscow People’s Court upon the hooligans who were originally tried in July for the tortures perpetrated on the aged Jewish resident of Moscow, Kaufman.

Following three hours deliberation the court increased the sentence of Lichomanof and Ivan Golovkin from nine months to two years imprisonment; Georgi Lubimov from six months to one year; Alexej Zhcleznov and Alexej Lubimov. two of the new defendants, were sentenced to three months at hard labor. Ivan Zheleznov was acquitted.

The defense sought to prove in the retrial that the acts were not anti-Semitic but merely hooliganism. The courtroom was crowded with friends and relatives of the defendants. The judge threatened to clear the room if the demonstration staged by the friends of the defendants world be repeated.

During the testimony of Kaufman’s wife, when she described the persecution of her husband, she wept and on concluding fainted.