LONDON (Jan. 7)
At least one more Jew has been sentenced to death in the Soviet Union for alleged participation in “economic crimes,” two Jews were given prison sentences, and one Jew had his new home confiscated, according to provincial Soviet newspapers reaching here today, indicating that the USSR’s campaign against Jews accused as criminals has not abated.
The Jew, A. Niyakovsky, who was convicted of “embezzlement” and diversion of public funds,” had been given the death sentence after a trial in Kiev, according to Ukranskaya Pravda.
At Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, two Jews, named as Abramovitch and Flitzfeder, were sentenced to prison terms of six years and three years, respectively, according to Tashkentskaya Pravda. A non-Jew named Makarkin was convicted in the same trial and given nine years in prison. All were accused of bribery.
The same newspaper reported the case of a Jew named Itzhak Yusupov, who was charged with having built a home costing 9,000 rubles on an income of 125 rubles a month. The charges alleged that he could not have come by his money honestly, since his salary as a purchasing agent for a hospital was low and he had to support a family of five. The court ordered that his home be taken away from him.