LONDON (Jul. 8)
The Communist Party newspaper Pravda yesterday published the photographs of three Jewish-named individuals sought for economic crimes and appealed to the public to help round them up.
The three were linked with the so-called Shakerman case which was broken in February 1964, when Shakerman and eight others, most with Jewish names, were arrested. Death sentences were imposed, causing protests that the accused were singled out because they were Jews. The case involved an alleged black market in knitted goods in which the government claimed it was defrauded of three million dollars over seven years.
The practice of publishing photographs of criminals sought by police is unusual in Russia. All three were identified by Jewish-sounding names.