Moscow (Mar. 9)
After delaying the handing down of the verdict which was expected at 10 o’clock this morning, till 5 o’clock this afternoon, the Supreme Court sprang a surprise by passing no death sentences on any of the prisoners in the big Menshevik trial, obviating in this way any necessity for the formulation of a commutation of the death sentence.
All the fourteen accused have been sentenced to imprisonment. Ginsburg, the only Jew among the accused for whom Krylenko, the State Prosecutor, demanded the death penalty, is the only Jew receiving the maximum term of 10 years’ imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years’ exile. Sokolovsky has been sentenced to 8 years’ imprsonment and 2 years’ exile; Berlatsky to 8 years’ imprisonment and 3 years’ exile; Zalkind to 8 years’ imprisonment and 3 years’ exile; Rubin to 5 years’ imprisonment and 2 years’ exile, and Teitelbaum to 5 years’ imprisonment and 2 years’ exile.