High Soviet Official Gives False Picture of Jewish Life in Russia

The DAIA, central representative organization of Argentine Jews, took issue today with assertions by a visiting Soviet leader that all was well with Jews and Jewish culture in the Soviet Union. The DAIA further expressed its regrets that the visitor, Mikhail Tarasov, a Vice President of the Supreme Soviet, the USSR equivalent of a Parliament, had refused to receive a deputation from the Jewish group.

At a press conference, Mr. Tarasov had told Argentine newsmen that “in the USSR there are Jewish newspapers, books, theatre and culture and the Jewish people enjoy the same rights as other people.” In a note to the Soviet Ambassador here, made public today, the DAIA asserted It has evidence that the situation is considerably different from the picture painted by Mr. Tarsov.

The situation of Russian Jews does not seem so satisfactory, the DAIA note stated, citing the execution of Jewish writers in 1952. It requested that Jews be granted real cultural freedom, the right of contact with Jews abroad and the right of immigration to Israel. The DAIA note was signed by Abraham Mibashan, president and Hirch Triwaks, secretary of the DAIA.

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