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Police Guard Soviet Embassy in Israel; Ambassador Goes to Moscow

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Israeli police guards around the Soviet Embassy in Ramate Gan were doubled today and mobile police units patrolled the streets leading to the Embassy, in the wake of the Foreign Ministry’s release of the details of the abduction and torture of Eliahu Chazan, Israeli attache at the Moscow Embassy.

Meanwhile, the Israeli diplomat, who returned home yesterday, was preparing a full report on his experiences for the Foreign Ministry. He told newsmen that it would contain even “more shocking” details of the treatment accorded him than had yet been published.

Soviet Ambassador Alexander Abramov will take a “short leave” next week, the Embassy announced last night. Israeli newspapers charged this morning that Ambassador Abramov took a sudden leave rather than express the diplomatic corps’ good wishes to President Ben Zvi, a traditional ceremony on the occasion of the Jewish New Year. Because of the absence of French Ambassador Pierre Gilbert who is home on leave, Ambassador Abramov, as next senior diplomat, would have to act as dean of the diplomatic corps.

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