LONDON (Feb. 11)
The leader of an alleged fraud network in Moscow, publicly identified by Izvestia, the official Government newspaper, as a Jew; has been sentenced to death, it was reported here today from Moscow.
A group of 23 other alleged members of the group are still on trial and are expected to be convicted and sentenced within a few days. The condemned man is listed as Chakerman, with no first name. Eighteen of the defendants are believed to be Jews Others named are Roilman and Galperin.
Last October, Izvestin identified Shakerman and Roitman. both of Moscow, as Jews and had demanded a show trial for them. The newspaper asserted that it was mentioning the Jewish names of the suspects “because we do not pay attention to malicious slanders arouse in the western press from time to time. They are tried as criminals–not as Jews, Russians, Tartars or Ukrainians.”
The defendants were charged with having turned a Moscow mental clinic into a subrosa knitwear factory and sold its products “illegally.” From Rostov it was reported that a Jew was arrested for allegedly possessing various souvenir articles that had purportedly come from Israel. The report of his arrest appeared in the local Soviet newspaper “Vetchernaya Rostov.”