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Seven More Jews Executed in Soviet Russia for ‘economic Crimes’

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Another Russian Jew has been sentenced to death for alleged economic crimes and six others had their appeal for clemency rejected and were then executed, according to reports in a Soviet newspaper received here today.

According to the February 6 issue of Radiaska Bukovina, published in Czernowitz, seven officials of the Education Department in Vashkovitz, a town in Bukovina, were charged with embezzling 25,000 rubles. The chief accountant’s name was given as Brelinsky, a common Jewish name in the Soviet Union. He was sentenced to death. The six others, whose names were not given, were sentenced to varying terms of imprisonment.

The February 10 issue of the Soviet paper reported that the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian Republic rejected the appeal for clemency of a group of “economic criminals” sentenced to death in Czernowitz in October 1962. The newspaper reported that the sentences were then carried out.

While the Soviet newspaper did not give any details about the trial, records showed that the only trial in Czernowitz for “economic crimes” at that time involved six Jews tried, convicted and sentenced for currency speculation. The defendants then were named as Alter Bronstein, Yeffin L. Margoshes, Mosiey-Meyer Zayata, Struel I. Zimilevich, Isaak B. Ronis and Feliks Ya. Mester.

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