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Israeli Embassy in Moscow Prevented from Contacting Arrested Israeli

Soviet authorities so far have rejected all requests by Israel’s Embassy in Moscow to contact Yehuda Kagan, an Israeli who was arrested by Soviet police, officials reported here today.

Kagan was arrested while touring Russia with a group of Israeli tourists. He was Jailed on charges of evading military service. Kagan left Russia several years ago, but Soviet authorities contend he is still a Soviet citizen.

The Israeli Embassy request to be permitted to provide Kagan with an attorney was turned down with the reply that Kagan was considered a Soviet citizen. He has a wife and children in Israel.