New Passport Regulations in Russia to Affect Jewish Declassed

Municipal registration of all persons above the age of sixteen will be inaugurated in all the large centers of Soviet Russia for the purpose of banishing from the cities the unproductive elements, according to a new decree issued by the Central Executive Committee.

Passports will be issued to all those who register, wherein the part they play in the life of the State will be noted. The purpose of the plan is to weed out the declassed elements, kulaks and others, who are not a part of the productive apparatus of the State, as well as kulaks; to sent them back to the provinces and thus to relieve food and housing shortage.

A large proportion of Jews will be affected by this new order, it is believed, inasmuch as many of them belong to former categories which under the Soviet regime are labelled as declassed.

The Ogpu has been charged with carrying out this new order.

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